From CaspioNet: Archeologists discover Saka burial in South Kazakhstan
Archaeologists have discovered a unique find in what is now Shymkent.
It is a Saka burial with two gold discs displaying marine life dating
back presumably to the fourth and second centuries BC. Now, according to
scientists, it is 100 percent clear that ancient Sakas lived in what is
Anatoly SHAYAKHMETOV, EMPLOYEE, A. MARGULAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHEOLOGY:
-It is perhaps a symbiosis of Saka and Sarmatian cultures. It never
happened here before as the Sarmatians lived in the West and Saks lived
in the Zhetysu region in southern Kazakhstan. This is something new to
our culture and perhaps it will push the limits of the Silk Road’s
Scientists say that two people were buried here. However, one of the
skeletons has not been preserved as the bones of presumably a man were
strewn by robbers. Another skeleton belongs to a woman, most likely a
slave. According to scientists, it is no accident that a board and a jug
were buried next to the remains.
Bauyrzhan Baitanayev, Director, A. Margulan Institute of Archeology:
-When we opened the second burial, we found a lot of pottery fragments
and sigs that they were richly buried and there was a gold foil that
robbers left behind. This find will now be on display at the museum and
we will open a new page in the relations of our ancestors to Europe.
Scientists revealed only 4 out of 8 burial mounds for the time being.
Archaeologists hope that the most sensational discoveries are still
ahead. Works will continue in the area for another two years.