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Ancient ‘iPhone’ Unearthed!

Researchers have found an accessory from a 2,137-year-old grave of an ancient fashionista in Siberia that they have dubbed iPhone because of its striking resemblance to the smartphone!
The Russian media recently reported that researchers discovered that black rectangular object in a burial site, popularly known as The Russian Atlantis, in Tuva Republic. They also found the skeleton of a woman in the grave, which they referred to as ‘Natasha’.


Pavel Leus, a Senior Researcher at the Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences, said: “Natasha’s burial with a Xiongnu-era iPhone remains one of the most interesting at this burial site.” He also said that the 18cmX9cm ‘belt buckle’ was made of gemstone jet with inlaid decorations of turquoise, carnelian and mother-of-pearl. There was some Chinese ‘Wuzhu’ coins adorning the woman’s belt that helped scientists realise that the woman had died 2,137 years ago when such coins were first minted.
It is to be noted that researchers first identified the grave in 2016 near the Ala-Tey necropolis, a manmade reservoir on the Yenisei River upstream of largest Russian power plant Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam. In the past, scientists had discovered graves, dating from the Bronze Age to the time of Genghis Khan, near the reservoir. However, this is the first time when they found two partly-mummified “prehistoric fashionistas” buried with the tools of their trade.


Dr Marina Kilunovskaya from the St Petersburg Institute of Material History Culture stressed: “This site is a scientific sensation. We are incredibly lucky to have found these burials of rich nomads that were not disturbed by (ancient) grave robbers.

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