ARTIFACTS OF ANCIENT SARMATIANS
Archaeologists of the Atyrau Historical and Local History Museum discovered unique artifacts in one of the mounds of the Sarmatian epoch. There are gold jewelry, fine workmanship earring, a full set of silver plates with patterns for the belt and, as the museum staff say, the most valuable artifact is the bronze cauldron. These were put into burials only for special merits of its owner.
AIBEK TURARULY, STAFF, ATYRAU LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM:
- It’s the first time we found a cauldron with decorative handles encrusted with images of horses and antelopes. This emphasizes not only the special attitude of the Sarmatians to these animals, but also speaks of a high level of craftsmanship and sense of beauty.
Other artifacts prove it as well. Archeologists have also found a well-preserved quiver with wooden arrows.
RASHIDA KHARIPOVA, DIRECTOR, REGIONAL LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM:
- Previously, there were only leather quivers for bows and arrows and scabbards for daggers and sword in the burials. This fully corresponded to the way of life of nomads. It turned out that they also made quivers from birch bark, applying a delicate ornament to it.
The fact that the quiver and numerous bronze and iron arrowheads were found in a woman’s tomb doesn’t raise any questions. Sarmatian women fought together with men. Therefore, they were buried as warriors. Museum staff hopes that the fund will be replenished by more artifacts. They will start the excavations of Laeti ancient settlement that disappeared mysteriously.