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Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings

By Anna Liesowska
05 August 2017

Fighter from almost 3,000 year ago was ready to impale his enemies, expecting battles after death, with a 'mirror' on his eye.

Not all the treasures in his grave appeared ready for battle - the warrior also had some fetching white metal spiral earrings, made possibly from tin or silver. Picture: Channel12

The extraordinary find of this Bronze Age warrior - ready for combat on his journey to the next life between 2,700 and 2,900 years ago - is intriguing archeologists in Omsk city.

Unusual features are the dagger ready for use in one hand, a knife in the other, and a metallic eye patch, or badge, seen as either a mirror illuminating his route to another world, or those who gave him evil glances. 

Nearby he had an axe and also some arrow heads.

Not all the treasures in his grave appeared ready for battle - the warrior also had some fetching white metal spiral earrings, made possibly from tin or silver.

Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 


Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 


Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 
The extraordinary find of this Bronze Age warrior - ready for combat on his journey to the next life between 2,700 and 2,900 years ago - is intriguing archeologists in Omsk city. Pictures: NGS Novosti, Channel12


The remains were found during the restoration of an historical building under Muzeinaya Street in Omsk.

The well-preserved skeleton with his arms crossed lay in the trench of a heating pipe made in the Soviet era, according to the regional government's website.

Albert Polovodov, a specialist from the regional culture ministry, said: 'In the right hand he held a dagger, the blade pointing forwards or upwards, as if he was going to use it as a stabbing weapon.

'In other hand was a knife, blade down, as he was going to cut, dissect, cut ligaments and so on. Clearly, it is imitation of combat use of these weapon.'

It was as if he 'was very carefully prepared for the road to another world, assuming that obstacles may exist in his way',

It indicated that perhaps during his life 'he had to fight - perhaps in battles for territories'.

Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 


Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 


Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 


Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings 


Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings  
Fighter from almost 3,000 year ago was ready to impale his enemies, expecting battles after death, with a 'mirror' on his eye. Pictures: NGS Novosti, Channel12


Maxim Grachev, director of Omsk Museum of Archeology and Ethnography, said five burials had been found, but the four others were destroyed. 

'The ideal state of the grave was a pleasant surprise for us,' he said. 

'We found a large number of well-preserved items: weapons, jewellery, and other items made of bronze.'

The warrior hailed from the transition period from the Bronze to the Iron age.  

Other burial remains are likely to lie under the buildings on this site, but are not accessible, he said. 

Comments (5)

Fascinating, So much history. So much to learn.
Phil Jones, Olympia WA USA
21/08/2017 11:39
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Great find! It would be interesting to know what is the likely culture he represented. It may have been some Iranian-speaking culture, as I understand.
VIP, Ufa, Russia
11/08/2017 11:53
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I just don't get why people tend to weave a story around findings like this. The discovery is interesting enough as it is. No need to embellish it with assumptions
Daniel, U.S.
09/08/2017 09:12
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Only the right hand looks to be detached. It was probably lying on top of the left wrist and slid down toward the left thigh when the right wrist decomposed and separated from the hand.
Amjroid, USA
09/08/2017 09:08
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Why do the hands seem to be detached from the arms?
Jon Jech, Seattle, USA
09/08/2017 03:33
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