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4,000 year old child's rattle found in Russia


The remarkable discovery of one of the oldest toys in the world came from excavations at a Bronze Age settlement in modern-day Novosibrirsk region.

4,000 year old child's rattle found in Russia
4,000 year old child's rattle found in Russia
'This is a clay rattle with a visible well-made handle - handy for a child to hold'  [Credit: Lyudmila Mylnikova/
Institute of Archaeology and Etnography SB RAS]
Inside it - and it remains sealed - are little stones 'that make a jingling sound', said Professor Vyacheslav Molodin, deputy head of Novosibirsk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.

He told The Siberian Times: 'This is a clay rattle with a visible well-made handle - handy for a child to hold it. It was constructed by clay firing, it is hollow inside. There are little stones inside. We don't know what kind of stones these are, but we will be doing an X-ray to find out. The rattle is still working.'

The exciting find at the Vengerovo-2 archaeological complex dates to the third millennium BC, making it between 3,800 and 4,000 years old. Might it even include the sculptor's signature?

4,000 year old child's rattle found in Russia
Another find was a little bronze figurine looking like an incense stand [Credit: NGS.ru]
'The ornament, we think, has a stamp, where with an artist has made a drawing on not completely dried clay, most likely with bone.'

At the site, in the Vengerovo district of Novosibirsk region, archaeologists this summer unearthed more than 50 burials, and around 100 ritual pits, with two housing sites, where ancient people lived.

'Inside one of the housings at Vengerovo-2 archaeological complex, we found the rattle shaped as a bear head, dating to the end of the third millennium BC which is the beginning of the Bronze Age. The rattle was made from clay, inside the rattle there are balls that make a jingling sound.'

Another find was a little bronze figurine looking like an incense stand. Dr Molodin says the figurine was shaped like a bird, most likely a crow.

The excavations were led by Academician Molodin and Dr Lyudmila Mylknikova, of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.

Author: Tamara Zubchuk | Source: The Siberian Times [October 21, 2016]
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