A group of researchers have discovered the tomb of what should be the queen of Tuva, known as the Russian Atlantis. The woman, of the Xiongnu era, wore a belt with an extraordinary buckle with precious stones that was created 2,137 years ago. The woman's buckle, nicknamed Natasha by archaeologists, has a shape very similar to the current Apple iPhone devices. The buckle measures 18 by 9 centimeters, is made of black gemstones, a type of lignite, and is inlaid with turquoise, conaline and mother of pearl.
The tomb was discovered during the drainage of a vast artificial reservoir in the mountainous Republic of Tuva, Siberia, which extends over 386 square kilometers.
The ancient burial is known as Russian Atlantis, as it is usually submerged at 17 meters deep, before being drained for a few weeks each year. The giant reservoir known as the Ala-Tey necropolis in the so-called Sayan Sea, is at the top of the Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam, the largest power station in Russia. The region is also one of Vladimir Putin's favorite places to spend his vacations.
Archaeologist Pavel Leus said that "Natasha's funeral with an iPhone from the Hunnu era (Xiongnu) remains one of the most interesting finds of the site, in which graves have been found. His was the only belt decorated with wuzhu coins Chinese that helped us to date its antiquity. "
In the reservoir are tombs of prehistoric civilizations that range from the Bronze Age to the time of Genghis Khan. The previous findings include two prehistoric fashion designers, partially mummified, buried with the tools of their trade. One of them was nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty" because she was dressed in silk for her journey to the afterlife and at first it was thought that she was a priestess. However, now archaeologists believe that it could be a leather object designer. The second was a weaver who rested with her spindle of wood inside a sewing bag.
The head of the expedition, Marina Kilunovskaya, of the Institute of Culture of the History of Materials in St. Petersburg, described the site of Ala-Tey as "a scientific sensation." "We are incredibly fortunate to have found these burials of Hun's rich nomads who were not desecrated by (ancient) grave robbers," he said.
Scientists admit that they are in a race against time to examine the sites and save priceless treasures from water damage.
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