Skeletal remains
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A Russian farmer accidentally uncovered the 2,500-year-old remains of three elite members of an ancient nomadic tribe and a horse's skull, hidden for millennia on his land.

The Sarmatian remains were found in wooden coffins at a burial site within a large mound in the village of Nikolskoye, in the Astrakhan region. Rustam Mudayev made the exciting discovery when he came across a bronze cauldron while digging on his farmland. He reported the find and archaeologists began excavating the site.

Horse skull
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Horse skull found at the burial site.
Weapons, gold jewelry and a range of ancient household items were found alongside the human remains. A richly decorated harness found next to the horse skull suggests the people buried at the site were high-status members of the tribe. Archaeologists continue to analyze the site.

Bronze cauldron
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Bronze cauldron found on the farm.
The Sarmatians thrived in southern Russia before moving to central and eastern Europe as they fought against the Romans, Goths, and Scythians.
Burial site
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