dailystar: The grave of the ancient Scythian woman was discovered by archaeologists in modern-day Crimea.
She lived in the First Century AD at the same time as Christ, Russian scientists say. In the grave was a stunning laurel wreath of eight gold leaves.
Russian politician Ruslan Balbek said: “Some decorations in the form of a laurel wreath, golden amphoras and rings are unique in their characteristics. “They are fascinating in their novelty.”
For the afterlife, she was adorned with gold jewellery and nearby were found two gold rings, one with a glass gem.
Two gold eye plates were also found, but archaeologists are perplexed as they were found on her chest.
Normally Scythian burials include several human remains but the woman’s high status in the ancient society on the Black Peninsula is shown by the fact she was found alone.
There were 140 items in the grave with the princess including glass beads on her sleeves and a jug – which possibly contained an ancient wine.
Also there was an incense burner and a container with frankincense in it.
The finds are as significant and valuable as another famous haul from the same ancient necropolis 31 miles southwest of the regional capital Simferopol.
They are now held in the Netherlands where they were on display when Russia annexed Crimea. Ukraine is engaged in a legal dispute to retain possession of this collection.
The insurance value is at £1.7million. But Russia insists the collection should be returned to Crimea.
Source: Published by dailystar