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Secret Chamber Found at Scythian Burial Mound Reveals Golden Treasure of Drug-Fueled Rituals
Elaborate golden treasures with traces of cannabis and opium have been discovered in a secret chamber hidden in an ancient Scythian burial mound near Strovopol, Russia. Described as a once-in-a-century discovery, the golden artifacts and drugs may point to ancient rituals and wars as chronicled by Greek historian Herodotus.
The Scythian kurgan, or burial mound, was uncovered during power-line development in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia in 2013. Dubbed Sengileevskoe-2 by archaeologists called in to excavate the mound, it was found the site had at one time been looted and not much was presumed to lie within.
However, archaeologist Andrei Belinski and his team discovered what looters had not — a thick layer of clay in the ground hiding a rectangular chamber. Inside the hidden chamber lined with broad, flat stones was a golden treasure dating back 2,400 years. The discovery of the buried hoard beneath the kurgan remained secret until excavations could be completed.
The incredible finds “are shedding light on the shadowy world of the Scythians, fierce nomads whose exploits—and drug-fueled rituals—were chronicled by the Greek historian Herodotus,” an article from National Geographic reports.
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May 27, 2015