Bronze Age Burial Unearthed near Russia’s Lake Baikal in Southern Siberia Author: Anna Liesowska | Source: The Siberian Times [July 13, 2016]
This article was about a discovery of what is believed to be a Bronze Age couple from the Glazkov culture. The find is at a well known burial site that dates back to Neolithic times found in southern Siberia, Russia by Lake Baikal. The burial is of an elderly male and female. Their exact relationship is unknown. They skeletons are oriented their backs with their heads facing west and they are holding hands. Bone samples have been sent to Canada for analysis however DNA sampling will not take place due to the expense. The bones are believed to be between 4500 and 5000 years old. There were a number of artifacts found with the couple including rare jade rings and an unknown metal implement found on the male and a jade knife was found by the female.
The find raises much interest for me. Did they pass at the same time? Did one pass and the other committed suicide in order to go to the afterlife together? Were they related? There is much we may never know but the questions are abundant and fascinating.
I am happy that the exact location of the site has been kept a secret. The article pointed out the problem with “amateur” diggers that would likely show up and wreck the site and possible other finds. I thought that was also a nice way of saying they want to keep the looters away.