Archaeologists have found the remains of an ancient princess in Kazakhstan

Archaeologists have discovered in Kazakhstan the burial of a girl – a representative of the nomadic elite of the Hunnic time. She was buried in royal vestments with a lot of jewelry in the V-VI centuries ad

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During the ongoing excavations near the city of Karakabak in the south-east of Kazakhstan, archaeologists examined a previously found burial mound from the time of the Huns (5-6 centuries AD) and found the remains of a girl, presumably belonging to the nomadic elite and buried in royal vestments.

The grave turned out to be looted, but the criminals did not take away numerous gold jewelry, but the skull of the buried girl. In addition to the bones, scientists found in the burial a gold lining of a wooden belt buckle, a gold earring, a rich headdress resembling the diadem of Byzantine kings, parts of a bronze mirror, a scattering of beads and a dart tip.

It is reported that 64 round gold plaques with a diameter of 12-14 millimeters, two small gold masks with the image of human faces, as well as one large mask with a diameter of 58 millimeters were found in the grave.

Most likely, most of these things were created specifically for the funeral ritual and were not used in everyday life. 

Experts clarify that the partially found headband with ornaments, which is an imitation of a tiara, was a distinctive sign of the royal origin of the girl. Similar headbands are present on portraits of Roman and Byzantine emperors.

After examining the grave, scientists suggested that perhaps the girl was a foreigner, because the outfit, jewelry and other items found with her are very different from other burials excavated in this burial ground. Experts believe that, most likely, she was a representative of the nomadic elite.

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