Female warrior was buried with legs wide apart in the ‘riding position’ 2,400 years ago

Female warrior was buried with legs wide apart in the ‘riding position’ 2,400 years ago

Female warrior was buried with legs wide apart in the ‘riding position’ 2,400 years ago

An amazing 2,400-year-old female warrior was buried in a ‘riding position’ as she journeyed to the afterlife. The burial site at the Devitsa V ancient necropolis in the Voronezh region of Russia has been discovered.

According to Russian archaeologists, the horsewoman, aged between 20 and 35, had her tendons cut after death to allow her legs to split as if they were on a horse.

She was buried nearby with two spears and a giant bronze hand mirror the size of a frying pan and wore a bracelet of precious glass beads around her wrist.

There were also two vessels – an incense burner and a black-lacquered one-handed goblet – by her feet.

Three other Amazon warriors were also found alongside her in what has since been deemed ‘a unique discovery’. 

All four females died and were buried at the same time but scientists cannot yet work out why.

One was a matriarch aged between 45 and 50 who was buried wearing her decorative Scythian ceremonial headdress known as a kalaf with amphora-shaped pendants.

It was made of an alloy comprising gold, silver, copper and a small amount of iron.

Next to the older woman’s head was an iron knife wrapped in a piece of cloth and a rare type of iron arrow-head with a forked end.

In the burial mound the remains of a much younger female child Amazon warrior were found aged only 12 or 13.

Valery Gulyaev, head of the Donskaya archeological expedition which made the discovery, said: ‘This is the first time that we see a burial of four Amazon warriors together, and of such different ages.

‘We came across a riddle as we see two women in their prime, one teenager, and one woman who was relatively old by Scythian standards.

‘How could they all die at the same time?

‘There are no traces of trauma on their bones.

‘Two women whose bones were scattered (by grave robbers) show signs of tuberculosis and brucellosis on their bones.

‘But these illnesses do not cause simultaneous deaths. ‘Therefore we cannot yet understand the reason of their deaths, and why as many as four women of different ages were buried simultaneously.’

The tombs were partly plundered between 100 and 200 years after the mound was made which damaged two of the graves.

Multiple weaponry in the burials makes clear these females were legendary Amazon warriors, according to the researchers.

Female fighters were a phenomenon nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes of Eastern Europe of the Scythian era.  

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