Ancient Find in the Yard: A stunning discovery at a local farmstead





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Published on Mar 2, 2016

A stunning discovery in Kirovohrad region of Ukraine. The residents of a small village found a stone statue that is supposedly three thousand years old. The ancient find is of the Scythian times. It was in the dump for an unknown period of time. Currently the locals are gettng ready to move the statue to the city's Museum of History.

The stone stelae is awaiting its destiny in a local farmstead. The village residents brought the statue here in order to protect it from illegal archaeologists. Meanwhile the discovery is washed and decorated, unless the scholars arrive to evaluate it.

It was found simply on the ground. The farmstead owners used the stone block instead of the boundary. The first to distinguish the human traits in the self-made fence was Ihor Kir'yakulov.

Ihor Kir'yakuov, local resident:
I saw it was a sculpture, so we decided to dig it up. We had to use special wooden sticks not to damage the statue.

The local experts claim the Scythian stelae to be an original. For once there were more than seven Scythian burials around the area. As a result, various ancient artifacts are quite common here.

Oleksandr Gordienko, history teacher:
"It belonged supposedly to one of the nomadic tribes. Putting similar statues at the graves or any other burial mounds was a popular tradition. The nomads lived here since 1000 BC and till the end of nomadic era."

Take a look at this sculpture. Here's the chin, the nose, the eyes - it is a human face. If the scholars figure out the tool used to make the sculpture, we will probaby know the exact tribe who created it.

Some collectors have already tried to buy the discovered item. Not to lose the valuable sculpture, the authorities asked the cultural department for expertise. Afterwards the stelae will be moved to Kirovohrad Museum of local history and art. The museum already has 6 Scythian statues, and it is the largest collection in Ukraine.

Pavlo Rybalko, museum funds curator:
"These sculptures are of high value. I cannot tell you te exact money equivalent, but we are highly interested, for the statues give us a brief overview of the ancient culture."

All that historians worry about is security. In 2008 the diggers found another ancient sculpture, but after the first expert evaluation it disappeared. The locals suppose, it is now a part of someone's private collection.

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