Ancient warrior's tomb discovered in Kazakhstan

An ancient warrior’s tomb has been discovered near Pavlodar in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports citing the head of the archaeological expedition Timur Smagulov.

Ancient warrior's tomb discovered in Kazakhstan
The tomb is believed to belong to a warrior of noble birth
[Credit: © tengrinews.kz]
The tomb of the warrior of noble birth was discovered by the group Pavlodar archaeologists near Kenzhekol village. The tomb is dated 10-12 centuries A.D.. The discovery contains remains of man, horse, fragments of birchbark cocker, arrowheads, bronze buckles and wooden dishes.

“The warrior buried in the mound must have been from among the nobles of the Kimak community. The high status of the warrior is certified by the remains of the gravestone made of sun-dried earth bricks. Similar structures were found at tombs of other famous nomads,” Timur Smagulov said.

Ancient warrior's tomb discovered in Kazakhstan
Bronze buckle found in the tomb
[Credit: © tengrinews.kz]
According to Smagulov, the presence of the sun-dried earth architecture certifies that the Kimaks had developed construction skills. According to Timur Smagulov, the tomb is yet another argument that confirms the hypothesis of Kazakhstan scientists that there was the city culture in the area in those day and that the political center of the Kimak Kaganate was located near the Irtysh River.

The wooden saddle found in the mound sparked the most interest of the archaeologists. “Such discoveries are very rear in the mounds of Kimak-Kypchak period, as wooden items rarely survive through the years in the soil and get into the hands of archeologists. Thanks to this discovery, we will be get a better idea of the outfits of Kimaks’ horses and the evolution of horsemen’s attributes in the culture of the ancestors of the contemporary Kazakhs,” Timur Smagulov said.

Source: Tengrinews [October 18, 2013]

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