Burial necropolis found in Kuban

Archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences have uncovered a burial necropolis from the 4th to 3rd century BC.

The discovery was made during construction works for a new federal highway in Kuban, located in the North Caucasus region of southern Russia.

- Advertisement -

Excavations revealed a necropolis on an ancient floodplain terrace containing rectangular burial pits lined with flat slabs or marl or sandstone. A total of 22 burials were identified, however, many of the graves had been robbed or damaged during antiquity.

One of the burials (designated Burial No. 19), contained the skeleton of a man and a woman, which were found with funerary offerings of bronze rings, a spear, and an iron tip.

Excavations also found a tomb (designated Burial No. 10), which held the remains of five individuals buried with multiple spears, silver decorative objects, iron knives, and bronze rings, one of which is decorated with an image of a two-column temple portico.

Only one burial (designated Burial No. 15) showed no signs of disturbance, where archaeologists found a Heraclean amphora, a black-gloss bowl, bronze and iron rings, and a bronze bracelet.

- Advertisement -

In the vicinity of the necropolis, numerous amphorae and tableware consisting of jugs and bowls were recorded. According to the researchers, a majority of these objects were imported from Heraclea Pontica on the coast of Bithynia in Asia Minor, which were likely used in funerary feasts to honour the dead.

Header Image Credit : Russian Academy of Sciences

- Advertisement -
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan is multi-award-winning journalist and the Managing Editor at HeritageDaily. His background is in archaeology and computer science, having written over 7,500 articles across several online publications. Mark is a member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), the World Federation of Science Journalists, and in 2023 was the recipient of the British Citizen Award for Education, the BCA Medal of Honour, and the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.

Mobile Application


Related Articles

Sealed 18th century glass bottles discovered at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

As part of a $40 million Mansion Revitalisation Project, archaeologists have discovered two sealed 18th century glass bottles at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Study suggests human occupation in Patagonia prior to the Younger Dryas period

Archaeologists have conducted a study of lithic material from the Pilauco and Los Notros sites in north-western Patagonia, revealing evidence of human occupation in the region prior to the Younger Dryas period.

Fort excavation uncovers Roman sculpture

Archaeologists excavating Stuttgart’s Roman fort have uncovered a statue depicting a Roman god.

The history of the Oak Island Money Pit

Oak Island, located in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, is a small 140-acre island which has been the subject of an ongoing treasure hunt since 1795.

Has the burial of an Anglo-Saxon king been uncovered?

Wessex founder Cerdic’s possible final resting place has emerged more than 1,000 years after it was named in an ancient royal charter.

Archaeologists uncover 4,200-year-old “zombie grave”

Archaeologists from the State Office for Monument Preservation and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt have uncovered a "zombie grave" during excavations near Oppin, Germany.

Archaeologists uncover 2,000-year-old clay token used by pilgrims

A clay token unearthed by the Temple Mount Sifting Project, is believed to have served pilgrims exchanging offerings during the Passover festival 2,000-years-ago.

Moon may have influenced Stonehenge construction

A study by a team of archaeoastronomers are investigating the possible connection of the moon in influencing the Stonehenge builders.