Archeologists have discovered a strange iPhone-like object adorning the grave of a Siberian woman who died 2,100 years ago, stunning the scientific community.
The black rectangular object was located in a burial site known as ‘The Russian Atlantis’ in mountainous Republic of Tuva, for it only appears from under water for few weeks a year.
Archeologists jokingly nicknamed the ancient female Natasha, while her accessory was called ‘an iPhone’.
‘‘Natasha’s’ burial with a Xiongnu-era iPhone remains one of the most interesting at this burial site,’ archeologist Pavel Leus said in a new publication summarising results of several years of recent archeological expeditions to the Ala-Tey burial site, reported The Siberian Times.
The object seems to be some type of belt buckle or ornamental jewelry.
The find is from the Ala-Tey necropolis in the so-called Sayan Sea – a giant reservoir upstream of the Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam, Russia’s biggest power plant, reported The Sun.
It dates back to the ancient Xiongnu empire – a huge nation of nomads that ruled the area from the 3rd century BC to the late 1st century AD.
The 7inx3in treasure was discovered in the normally submerged “Atlantis necropolis” this summer months – when the reservoir is temporarily drained.
“Huns cherished women. It wasn’t a matriarchy, yet women – mothers and skilled artisans – were treated with great respect. For nomads a belt was an extremely important part of their clothing, indicating wealth and society rank. They didn’t use pockets, so all key elements of day-to-day life had to be hung on belts – which in case of Huns women were intricately decorated,” said Dr. Marina Kilunovskaya from the St Petersburg Institute of Material History Culture.
You can read more about the story here at The Siberian Times.
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