According to archaeologists, in the same grave were found the remains of a woman who was probably a servant of the family.
Archaeologists at Novosibirsk State University (NSU) in Russia have discovered the remains of a couple, a baby and an older woman, probably a family servant, in a grave in the region of Kashmir, Russia.
They are believed to be part of the Tagar culture, which flourished between the 8th and 2nd centuries BCE in southern Siberia.
“The man and woman were about 35 and 45, and the woman at their feet was about 60 or more,” said anthropologist Olga Batanina.
The newborn was not even a month old when he was buried, but, unlike the other bodies, his was all fragmented which, according to the specialist, indicates rodent activity.
To define the degree of kinship between them, the team intends to carry out DNA analyzes on the remains.
Two complete sets of weapons were also found in the grave, suggesting that they were a warrior couple.
A ceramic vase and a broken comb were found with the older woman.
The finding surprised experts because it is difficult to find graves in that region that have not yet been looted.
As they explain, the region is full of archaeological artifacts and Russians have known this for centuries.
However, as the area is very large, excavations take place gradually to ensure that everything will be done with due care.
“Most of the time, archeologists find Tagar graves looted, with a minimum number of artifacts and parts of the skeleton scattered throughout the grave,” said Yuri Vitalievich Teterin, one of the members of the research team.
Fortunately, he said, much of the vast archaeological site has remained untouched for more than 2,500 years. “The entire funerary complex is perfect for display in museum collections.”
In another recently discovered grave, the researchers found a skeleton next to life-size replicas of a bronze weapon, a round mirror, and a miniature comb made from a horn.
For the team, this is particularly important because, between the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C., the Tagar began to bury the dead with reduced versions of their weapons and personal artifacts.
Historians explain that there were female warriors at that time, but it is not known exactly what their role was in society.
“Most of the time, arrowheads are found in female graves in Tagar,” noted co-author Oleg Andreevich Mitko.