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Sarmatian burial discovered in southeastern Ukraine


A group of archaeologists working on the Mamai Mountain, located in Ukraine's Zaporozhye region, have unearthed a female burial thought to belong to the Sarmatian culture dating to the sixth/fourth centuries BC.

Sarmatian burial discovered in southeastern Ukraine
Credit: Информ-UAП
A ceramic vase, numerous beads which likely embroidered the woman's clothing, and a small bronze mirror with a floral decoration were found in the grave.

This is the second Sarmatian burial discovered on the Mamai Mountain in the last 30 years.


Originating in the central parts of the Eurasian Steppe, the Sarmatians were part of the Indo-Iranian steppe peoples, among whom were also Scythians and Saka.

By the 1st century AD, these tribes ranged from the Vistula River to the mouth of the Danube and eastward to the Volga, bordering the shores of the Black and Caspian seas as well as the Caucasus to the south.

Their territory, which was known as Sarmatia to Graeco-Roman ethnographers, corresponded to the western part of greater Scythia (it included todays Central Ukraine, South-Eastern Ukraine, Southern Russia, Russian Volga and South-Ural regions, also to a smaller extent north-eastern Balkans and around Moldova).

Source: Информ-UAП / Wikipedia [August 08, 2018]

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