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A farmer digging on his land in Russia discovered something unexpected: a 2000 year old burial mound with the remains and artifacts of a nomadic royal — including a strange “laughing” man skull.
The treasure of great jewelry, weapons and other objects were found by a farmer Rustam Mudayev in a tomb near the Caspian Sea, according to The Daily Mail.
Mudayev consulted with the Astrakhan Museum of History, which is eventually organized an expedition to the village where the remains were found.
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An artificially deformed skull was found by researchers in the south of Russia. (East2West)
“After an inspection of the cemetery, we understood that it was a royal hill, one of the sites where ancient nomads buried their nobility,” the museum is a scientific researcher, Georgy Stukalov, told the British news site.
According to the museum, who is in charge of an excavation at the site for two weeks, it is believed to be the burial belongs to a leader of a Sarmatian nomadic tribe.
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A skeleton discovered by researchers in Russia. (East2West)
Excavators allegedly found the male skeleton in a wooden box with a collection of knives, a mirror and various pots, as well as magnificent gold jewelry decorated with turquoise and lapis lazuli.
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Treasures discovered by a farmer in the south of Russia. (East2West)
The mound also contained other remains such as the skeleton of a young man with an artificially deformed, egg-shaped skull that was probably “cast” in one way or another during infancy.
The practice of shaping the skull is fairly typical among a number of ancient tribes.
These deformed heads were often seen as a marker of a person’s special status and noble roots.