To the fund of the Khakass National Lomonosov Museum named after Kyzlasov there were given stone plates with drawings of the Okunevo culture era (the end of the III - beginning of the II millennium BC). The objects were found as a result of excavations of the Itkol II burial ground. The works were conducted by representatives of the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Geographical Society within the framework of the expedition "Secrets of the Ancient Artists of Siberia", conducted with the grant support of the Society.
The main goal of research in 2017 was to expand the range of scientific knowledge about the mysterious Okunev archaeological culture of Southern Siberia.
Okunev Culture - Early Bronze Age Culture, which is common in the Minusinsk steppes in the Middle Yenisei (XXV-XVIII century BC). Its name was given to it according the Okunev ulus tract in the south of Khakassia, where in 1928 the first burial ground of this culture was unearthed. Experts consider the Okunev culture one of the brightest cultures of the Early Bronze Age in the whole of Northern Eurasia.
One of the rare specimens of fine arts - the so-called "mask", the Russian archeologists found in the Shirinsky district of the Republic of Khakassia. It is an image of a deity or supernatural being executed on a stone. So, on the plate you can see three eyes, fangs and other unusual attributes.
The find is unique in that it is perfectly preserved. Previously, scientists could not detect undamaged specimens, since the cemeteries in the repositories were being used as building material. We would like to recall that as a result of the work carried out on the mound of Itkol II, the archaeological fund of the Khakass Museum last year was replenished with ten stone slabs of the Okunev era.