/2,000-year-old remains of nomadic royal unearthed by Russian farmer includes laughing man, haul of jewels and weapons

2,000-year-old remains of nomadic royal unearthed by Russian farmer includes laughing man, haul of jewels and weapons

A farmer digging on his land in Russia discovered something unexpected: a 2,000-year-old burial mound containing the remains and artifacts of a nomadic royal — including a strange « laughing » man skull.

The trove of amazing jewelry, weapons and other artifacts was found by farmer Rustam Mudayev in a grave near the Caspian Sea, according to The Daily Mail.

Mudayev consulted with the Astrakhan History Museum, which eventually organized an expedition to the village where the remains were found.

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An artificially deformed skull found by researchers in southern Russia. (East2West)

An artificially deformed skull found by researchers in southern Russia. (East2West)

« After inspecting the burial site we understood that it to be a royal mound, one of the sites where ancient nomads buried their nobility, » the museum’s scientific researcher, Georgy Stukalov, told the British news site.

According to the museum, which has been leading a dig at the site for two weeks, it’s believed the burial belongs to a leader of a Sarmatian nomadic tribe.

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A skeleton uncovered by researchers in Russia. (East2West)

A skeleton uncovered by researchers in Russia. (East2West)
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Excavators reportedly found the male skeleton inside a wooden coffin with a collection of knives, a small mirror and various pots, as well as beautiful gold jewelry decorated with turquoise and lapis lazuli.

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Treasures uncovered by a farmer in southern Russia. (East2West)

Treasures uncovered by a farmer in southern Russia. (East2West)

The burial mound also contained other remains, including the skeleton of a young man with an artificially deformed, egg-shaped skull that was likely « molded » in some way during infancy.

The practice of shaping the skull was fairly typical among several ancient tribes.

These deformed heads were often viewed as a marker of a person’s special status and noble roots.

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