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Archaeologists have unearthed gold jewellery and a large bronze mirror from 2,000-year-old burial mounds in the Turkistan region of Kazakhstan. | Source: Miami Herald
Archaeologists have unearthed gold jewellery and a large bronze mirror from 2,000-year-old burial mounds in the Turkistan region of Kazakhstan. | Source: Miami Herald

Long lost gold jewellery unearthed in burial mound

Archaeologists have unearthed gold jewellery and a large bronze mirror from 2,000-year-old burial mounds in the Turkistan region of Kazakhstan.

The artifacts are believed to have been made during the Kangju state, which ruled the region between the fifth century BC and the fourth century AD.

Kazakhstan's Ozbekali Zhanibekov University and local government archaeologists made the discovery. Two of the mounds had been looted; however, a third contained valuable relics.

In addition to the bronze mirror, the artifacts included a Roman-style brooch called a fibula, large and small beads, a belt buckle, an arrowhead designed for hunting birds, and two gold earrings that are thought to date from the first century BC.

"These are two unique earrings. They represent a masterpiece of jewellery art from the Kangju state. "
Professor Alexander Podushkin

“These are two unique earrings. They represent a masterpiece of jewellery art from the Kangju state. Of course, such jewellery, made in the so-called gold-turquoise, polychrome style, is characteristic of the Sarmatian-Kangju world,” said Professor Alexander Podushkin.

“These similar technologies were used in the West, in Greek cities, in the late Roman Empire, and in Sarmatian circles. And they were found here.”

The earrings are fashioned with a colourful alloy known as polychromatic gold. They feature turquoise and rubies in a crescent shape meant to represent the moon, with decorations that represent grapes designed to reflect sunlight.

The artifacts will now be displayed in the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana.

Ancient Jewellery

Bronze mirror
Bronze mirror

Gold earrings
Gold earrings

 

 

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