Found: The Elaborate Coal Belt Buckles of First-Century Women Warriors


The coal buckles are extremely rare.
The coal buckles are extremely rare.

In a remote part of Russia, near the border with Mongolia, an archaeological investigation has been excavating the graves of Xiongnu people, a nomadic group who lived in what’s now the Tuva Republic from about the 3rd century B.C. to the 1st century A.D. Some of the most striking finds have been in the graves of Xiongnu women, who were buried with fantastic belt buckles made of coal, jewels, and bronze, The Siberian Times reports.

The belt buckles are decorated with depictions of animals from fictional dragons to panthers, yaks, camels, and snakes.

A burial with the belt buckle.
A burial with the belt buckle.

The coal buckles in particular are very rare. Marina Kilunovskaya,…

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