Russian Atlantis and the tomb of an ancient leather goods designer

The “Sleeping Beauty”, symbol of the necropolis in the ancient republic of Tyva, the so-called Russian Atlantis, was not a priestess, as they first believed. In fact, looking at treasures in her tomb, researchers believe that she was a sort of leather goods designer, buried with her work tools: several leather shreds and filaments inside a small bag.

The news report

As reported by The Siberian Times, archaeologists have found, not far from the 2,000-year-old leather designer, the mummy of a Hun weaver, with a wooden spindle packed in a leather bag. “Both mummies had leather shreds, filaments and a spindle: therefore, they might have been playing a peculiar role in Hun society”, pointed out Marina Kilunovskaya, researcher at Saint Petersburg Institute of History of material culture. For the records, she was the archaeological tour leader in Tyva.

Russian Atlantis

Tyva area rises up on the bottom of the so-called Sayan Sea, in Siberia, an artificial pond created before the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam, which is Russia’s biggest power plant. They found around 110 tombs in Ala-Tey, usually at 15 metres depth below water level, and discovered 32 more in Terzin. They belong to different periods, from the Bronze Age until the days of Genghis Khan. They surface just once a year, therefore researchers can only work from mid-May until the end of June.

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