Couple buried holding hands 5000 years ago in Siberia

A Bronze Age burial discovered at a cape on Maloe More near Chernorud at Lake Baikal in Russia revealed an ancient couple of an elderly man and his wife or concubine. The site is a sacred burial place since Neolithic times overlooking the waters of Lake Baikal. The individuals were buried on their backs heads to the west, hand in hand.

Couple buried holding hands in Siberia 5000 years ago (by The Siberian Times)
Couple buried holding hands in Siberia 5000 years ago (by The Siberian Times)

Experts from Irkutsk National Research Technical University and Laboratory of Archeology, Paleoecology, and Life Support Systems of the Peoples of North Asia believe the burial to be 4500-5000 years old and connected to the Glazkov culture.

Male individual (by The Siberian Times)
Male individual (by The Siberian Times)

The male skeleton is complete but rodents destroyed the upper part of the female. A large jade knife measuring 13 cm in lengths and 7 cm in width was found near the woman. Pendants of red deer and musk deer teeth were found on the male skull. The man’s skeleton had a ring made of rare white jade over one eye socket and three more on his chest.

Head of the male (by The Siberian Times)
Head of the male (by The Siberian Times)

Samples of the bone of the couple have been sent to Canada for radiocarbon analysis.  A small leather bag between male’s kneecaps was found with some kind of a metal implement but the contents of the leather pouch is yet to be revealed.

Jade dagger in the female's hand (by The Siberian Times)
Jade dagger in the female’s hand (by The Siberian Times)

(after The Siberian Times)

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