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Grave of female Scythian warrior found in Ukraine


Ukrainian news sources have reported the discovery of a burial of a female Scythian warrior – traditionally equated with the Amazons mentioned by the Greek epic writers and the historian Herodotus.

Grave of female Scythian warrior found in Ukraine
Credit: Mamia Gora
The burial, dating to the late fifth/early fourth century BC, was found on the Mamai mountain in the Kam'yansko-Dniprovskyi District, Zaporozhye region of Ukraine.

Grave of female Scythian warrior found in Ukraine
Credit: Mamia Gora


Among the grave goods was a miniature jar for perfurmes or aromatic oils (Greek lekythos), an exquisite bronze mirror, bronze arrowheads and two lead spindles.

Grave of female Scythian warrior found in Ukraine
Credit: Mamia Gora
The finds suggest that the grave belongs to a high-status woman, while the arrow heads are indicative that she was also a warrior.

Grave of female Scythian warrior found in Ukraine
Credit: Mamia Gora


The outline of the funeral pit was noticed by archaeologists after a trench was created by a bulldozer, after which manual excavation and cleaning around the area of the grave took place.

Grave of female Scythian warrior found in Ukraine
Credit: Mamia Gora
Anthropologists will study the remains to determine her age and cause of death.

Source: Zik [September 01, 2018]

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