Jan Bartek – MessageToEagle.com – Scientists have once again discovered evidence supporting the existence of Amazon warriors who have previously been considered merely mythological characters.
Russian archaeologists currently conducting excavations in the Voronezh region have discovered an intriguing grave that belongs to a Scythian Amazon warrior. It’s a valuable historical discovery that sheds new light on the importance of fierce ancient female warriors. What makes this finding even more exciting is the beautiful ceremonial headpiece that was placed on the head of the deceased woman.
Left: Russian archaeologists found a golden headdress that belonged to a Scythian Amazon warrior. Credit: Archaeology Russia. Right: Female warrior. Credit: Stock photo
Archaeologists of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences have studied burial mound Devitsa V in the Ostrogozhsky District since 2010 and they have made many interesting discoveries there. This time they uncovered a burial that had been looted, but not entirely.
Inside burial mound, Maiden V archaeologists unearthed two well-preserved female skeletons. The women had been put to rest on wooden beds covered with grass bedding. One of them had a bronze mirror under her left shoulder. Two spears and a bracelet made of glass beads had been placed on her left side.
General view of the burial. Credit: Archaeology Russia.
The other woman, who was between 45 to 50 years at the time of her deaths, had been adorned with a beautifully preserved headpiece, consisting of stamped gold plates with floral ornaments, as well as rims with amphora-shaped pendants.
Golden ceremonial headdress before restoration. Credit: Archaeology Russia.
This type of ceremonial headdress is called a calaf and archaeologists have unearthed similar headpieces, but only in the richest “royal” mounds of Scythia (Chertomlyk, Tolstaya Mogila, Deev mounds, mounds near the village of Aksyutintsy, mound No. 8 of the Pesochinsky burial ground).
This finding suggests the woman was a Scythian warrior. The complex history of the mysterious Scythian culture is slowly being reconstructed. The Scythians flourished from about 700 to 300 B.C. but their origins sis till debated. The Scythians never developed a written language or a literary tradition, making it troublesome to piece together their historical records.
Polish and Russian archaeologists have previously suggested an ancient necropolis located in the vicinity of Mangerok in the North Altai in Russia could be the ‘cradle of the Scythians’. Some think the Scythians originated from the Central Asian region of Persia, as a branch of the ancient Iranian peoples expanding north into the steppe regions from around 1000 B.C.
These nomadic warriors were often in conflict with their neighbors, particularly the Thracians in the west and the Sarmatians in the east.
The Scythian invaded Eastern Europe and archaeologists are now learning more about these skilled, ancient equestrian archers.
The Scythians were, just like the Parthians skilled horse archers and some scholars suggest they were the first people in history to wear trousers.
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The discovery of the female Scythian warrior strengthens the theory the Amazons were real. Ancient Greek authors wrote the Amazons were huntresses, founders of cities, rivals and lovers of adventurous men. They battled the Greek hero Heracles and fought alongside the Trojans in the final hours of Troy, but many have wondered whether the Amazons really existed.
Left: A while back archaeologists found remains of an Amazon warrior in Armenia. Credit: Anahit Khudaverdyan / National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. Right: Female warrior. Credit: Stock photo
Recently, archaeologists found a grave of an Amazon warrior who lived in the kingdom of Urartu in the Highlands of Armenia. The latest discoveries of graves belonging to ancient fearless female warriors confirm the Amazons did not exist in the realm of mythology but were real beings of flesh and blood who fought alongside men.
Written by Jan Bartek – MessageToEagle.com – AncientPages.com Staff Writer