Remains of wealthy Russian warrior discovered buried in crypt next to wife and children

Remains of wealthy Russian warrior discovered buried in crypt next to wife and children


 Archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved necropolis where a wealthy warrior and his family were buried  The crypt containing a man, his wife and their three children was found dated back to the 5th century AD in Phanagoria, Krasnodar Krai, Russia  The expedition team, led by experts from the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the family may have died from the plague or during an attack by Nomadic tribes  Footage shows the remains lying in a confined space with pottery placed on either side  Given the depth of the burial, which was more than five metres deep, it is suggested the warrior and his family held a high status during the time  Aleksei Voroshilov, head of the Necropolis division at the Phanagoria archaeological dig, said: “Judging by what we have found here the man was served the city’s army  “He was a horseman, because we found riding stirrups and spurs too. There is also a leather harness attached to a belt which was used to carry a sword  “The buckles on the harness are really worn-out which means this warrior has seen a lot of fighting He was unsheathing and sheathing his sword again and again.”    Several other valuable artifacts have been found this summer in excavations both above ground in ancient Phanagoria and underwater in the flooded parts of the ancient city  Head of Phanagoria open-air museum Vladimir Kuznetsov said: “This year we have discovered very accurate and strong evidence [that Christianity was founded in Phanagoria in the fifth century], which is a marble tabletop, which could be used as an altar in a church  “We have discovered a marble baptistery for infants or probably for toddlers as well It is not very big, nevertheless it is massive and made from marble.”  The archaeological finds are not only of interest to Russian experts but to the wider world as they are unique among other nation’s discoveries  Vladimir said: “One of our underwater expeditions discovered a ship some time ago, which was sunk following the uprising in Phanagoria against Mithridates VI of Pontus which occured exactly in 62 BC  “This ship is one of the most ancient ones ever found in the world.”  Around 250 people took part in this year’s archaeological dig at Phanagoria  Among them were experts from France and Bulgaria as well as student volunteers.

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