Archaeologists have found new Scythian gold in Crimea

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Archaeologists have found new Scythian gold in Crimea
Archaeologists have found new Scythian gold in Crimea

At one of the ancient necropolises, archaeologists have discovered new unique items made of precious metals. Vadim Maiko, director of the Institute of Archeology of Crimea of the Russian Academy of Sciences, spoke about this at a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya MIA in Crimea.

According to him, the finds were made at the Ust-Alma necropolis near the village of Peschanoe, Bakhchisarai region. The Ust-Alma Late Scythian settlement in the south-west of the peninsula is a well-known and well-researched archaeological site of Crimea. However, new research has shown that such a studied object can prepare surprises.

“We managed to open a larger area than it was before, so the number of found items from precious metals has increased,” said Vadim Maiko.

After processing, all finds will be presented to the general public at an exhibition in Crimea. On the same monument in the summer of 2017, an expedition led by Alexander Trufanov discovered about 140 gold items. Archaeologists were fortunate enough to find a female grave that had not been plundered, in which, in addition to bronze brooches, ceramics and other traditional attributes of a funeral rite, there were dozens of gold jewelry. Including wreath, earrings, sleeve patches and necklace. All finds were transferred to the Bakhchisarai Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve.


The Ust-Alma settlement was discovered in the 30s of the XX century. Since that time, archaeological expeditions have been regularly working there. In the necropolis there are several thousand burial structures (1st century BC - 3rd century AD), namely, earthen crypts, pit graves, graves with shoulders, horse burials.