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Image Gallery: Ancient Treasure Trove Discovered in Russia

Burial of a warrior

burial of male warrior in Caucasus

(Image credit: Courtesy Valentina Mordvintseva)

The grave of a male warrior who was laid to rest some 2,200 years ago in what is now the mountains of the Caucasus in Russia, shown here in a diagram of the warrior's skeleton and numerous artifacts.

With horses ... and a cow

burial of male warrior in Caucasus

(Image credit: Courtesy Valentina Mordvintseva)

The warrior was buried with gold jewelry, numerous weapons and three horses and a cow (1-3 and 4, respectively).

Warrior helmet

helmet of ancient warrior

(Image credit: Photo courtesy Valentina Mordvintseva)

This bronze helmet, found on the surface of the necropolis, depicts curled sheep horns carved in high relief. It is more than 7 inches long and 6 inches wide. It was found in fragments and had to be restored.

Helmet design

helmet of ancient warrior

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The front of the helmet showing the curled sheep horns. While the helmet could have been worn in battle it's more likely it was meant for a burial.

Ancient helmets

helmet of ancient warrior

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These drawings reconstruct what the helmet would have looked like in antiquity.

Zigzags and ridges

helmet of ancient warrior

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This bronze helmet was also found on the surface and depicts zigzags, ridges and other shapes hard to put into words. It is more than 8 inches long and 6 inches in width.

Small decorations

helmet of ancient warrior

(Image credit: Photo courtesy Valentina Mordvintseva)

A side view of the helmet, the helmet flap appears to have triangle decorations engraved.

Top of helmet

helmet of ancient warrior

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The top of the helmet contains a small hole.

Helmet drawings

helmet of ancient warrior

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These drawings depict what the helmet would have looked like in antiquity.

Golden burial

artifacts from burial of male warrior in Caucasus

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The burial of the warrior was richly adorned and contained more than a dozen gold artifacts. This fibula-brooch, despite being only 2.3 by 1.9 inches in size, contains intricate decorations leading towardthe center where a rock crystal bead is mounted.

Rock crystal

artifacts from burial of male warrior in Caucasus

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A close-up of the rock crystal showing the channel that was drilled into it from both ends.