April 18, 2024

A 3,000-year-old ‘charioteer’ discovered in Siberia has been buried

Archaeologists in Siberia have discovered the 3,000-year-old grave of what is thought to be an untouched charioteer – suggesting for the first time that horse-drawn carriages were used in the region.

The skeletal remains were buried with a characteristic hooked metal attachment for a belt, which allowed horse-drawn chariot drivers to tie their axles to their waists and free their hands. This type of artifact is also found in Chinese and Mongolian graves.

Alexey Timoshchenkoan archaeologist at the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Live Science in an email that the object was found in its original placement at the person’s waist in the grave undisturbed.

Russian archaeologists discovered the burial during their latest excavations in the Askizsky region of Khakassia in Siberia, where a railway is being extended. (Image credit: IAET SB RAS)

“This fact, along with a direct analogy in Chinese burial mounds, allows us to determine their purpose a little more confidently,” he said.

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