Originally created 07/12/01

Russian archaeologists find ancient treasure in Tuva grave in Siberia



MOSCOW -- Russian archaeologists found more than 1,000 pieces of gold and bronze jewelry and other items in a 5th-century B.C. grave in the southern Siberian region of Tuva, a news report said Wednesday.

The grave, uncovered in the remote republic's Piy-Khemsky region by scientists from the northern Russian port of St. Petersburg, apparently contained the remains of a tribal chief and his wife, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.

It was inside a burial mound at a depth of about 15 feet, and passed unnoticed by grave robbers who have plundered many other ancient graves in the region bordering Mongolia, the report said.

Among the finds were gold and bronze jewelry, coins, iron weapons and armor, clothes and kitchen utensils. Tuva authorities said they would transfer the items to St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum for study, after which they would be returned to Tuva for museum display.