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Ukrainian archaeologists discover unique Bronze Age burial of Yamna 'tribal leader'


A group of Ukrainian archaeologists have discovered a unique Bronze Age burial near the village of Pologi, in the Zaporozhye region, said to date from the third millennium BC.

Ukrainian archaeologists discover unique Bronze Age burial of Yamna 'tribal leader'
Credit: Андрея Тощева/061
The burial, found under a layer of soil just over 10 centimetres deep, belongs to a male estimated to have been between 40-50 years old. The researchers said the man was about 2 metres tall.


Near the skeleton, archaeologists found a bronze knife and staff or sceptre, suggesting that the deceased may have been a tribal leader of the Yamna.

Ukrainian archaeologists discover unique Bronze Age burial of Yamna 'tribal leader'
Ukrainian archaeologists discover unique Bronze Age burial of Yamna 'tribal leader'


Ukrainian archaeologists discover unique Bronze Age burial of Yamna 'tribal leader'
Ukrainian archaeologists discover unique Bronze Age burial of Yamna 'tribal leader'
Credit: Андрея Тощева/061
Archaeologist Gennady Toshchev noted that the burial is a unique find for the steppe zone of the Zaporozhye region.


The Yamna culture, also variously known as the Pit Grave culture or Ochre Grave culture, flourished in the Pontic–Caspian steppes during the late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages, ie. between 3300–2600 BC.

The Yamna culture is identified today with the late Proto-Indo-Europeans.

Source: 061 [September 06, 2018]

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