Almaty. September 4.
Information Center - A group of scientists discovered a gold treasure at the
Yeleke Sazy burial ground in Tarbagatai district of East Kazakhstan region,
Kazakh TV reports.
Archaeologists assumed that the found artifacts are fragments
of one set of ceremonial horse harness. In their assessment, the treasure
belongs to the Middle Saka period of the 5-4th centuries BC. “The treasure was
not found in the mound itself. This indicates that the chief’s grave was a
place of worship. People have been coming to this sacred place and leaving
offerings to the spirits of their ancestors for a long time after the death of
the chief. The Saka-Scythians and later Turkic tribes had such a custom. In
this regard, we are confident that the ruler was buried here,” said an
archaeologist, Professor Abdesh Toleubayev. Archaeological work was carried out
by scientists of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. The findings
indicate that the Saka-Scythian society was clearly divided into both very rich
and very poor representatives. Archaeologists paid special attention to another
rare artifact that had not been discovered before – pendants in the form of a
mythological eared predatory cat. Scientists were also interested in a chain
made of double gold wire with two pendants and carnelian stones at the ends.
“We can say for sure that the ancient masters did not copy each other. Each
master had his or her own style. All the findings are very elegant and made
with great care. Most other horse ornaments were made from thin foil. Here
decorations are made of dense gold leaf, the foil is also thicker. I have never
met such rich, dense ornaments for horse equipment,” the scientist added. The
head of the excavation Abdesh Toleubayev noted that a bronze and gold foundry
was found 50 meters from the mound. He said that the finds are just the
beginning. After all, archaeologists have plenty of work. They will start
studying four small mounds soon.