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"Perhaps the most striking..." Kiev Local Custom Tip by Tolik

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Perhaps the most striking feature of Scythians was the enormous amount of gold they wore and used. The ancient legend tells the story about 'the one-eyed people, Arimaspians in Scythia who had on-going battle with the griffins who guarded the gold'.
This gold undoubtedly came from the rich fields in the Altai district. It is common that the Scythians wore golden ornaments and belts. Gold plates were sewn to their garments and gold gleamed from their weapons. The archaeologists are consistently amazed by the amount of gold offerings deposited in the great burial- mounds of the Scythian kings. The animal style art of the Scythians is evident in hundreds of artifacts found in 'kurgans'(burial mounds) thousands of which were constructed in burial areas across the steppes of Ukraine and Russia from the Carpathian Mountains into the area of northern Iran and extending all the way to the border of China. According to archaeologists Scythian art burst upon the scene around 700 B.C. Much of what has been excavated is gold jewelry, horse ornaments (often gold or bronze), some weaponry, and some silver and gold vessels. The richness of these artifacts confirms ancient reports that the Scythians who sat on the trade routes of Asia were fabulously wealthy.

The Amazon myth also goes back to Scythians, whose women apparently weren't allowed to marry untill after they had killed in battle.

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  • Written Nov 19, 2002
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