In Tuva, the Complex Archaeological and Geographical Expedition of the Institute of History of Material Culture of RAS and the Russian Geographical Society continues in the flood zone of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station. At the moment, scientists and volunteers are exploring the Ala-Tey burial ground. According to archaeologists, several interesting necropolises have been excavated since the beginning of June.
“So far, two burials of the Xiongnu era of the 2nd – 1st centuries BC have been discovered and excavated, as well as two unidentified burials of the 4th-5th centuries BC,” said the deputy head of the expedition Pavel Leus. “The Xiongnu child's burial is of interest, where the belt of an adult man and arrowheads of various types lay in the grave of a 5–6-year-old child. We have not seen this before. Excavations continue, we expect new interesting finds."
Bone arrowheads and Xiongnu ceramics deserve special attention. All this is very delicate hand and pottery work.
The first two weeks, the scientists were very unlucky with the weather: there were heavy rains, which greatly interfered with scientific work. Now summer has come to Tuva, it made it possible to make up for lost time. Volunteers of the Russian Geographical Society help in excavations at the Ala-Tey burial ground. The shore of the reservoir is actively being destroyed by both strong winds and water, so that ancient burials are blown out of the sands or fall down from high sandy cliffs.
We would like to remind you that the next field season of the Complex Archaeological and Geographical Expedition in the flood zone of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station began on May 25. The site employs about 40 people.