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Complete the Work of the Heavens

During the excavation of the Xiongnu kurgans in Noin-Ula, northern Mongolia, most singular Chinese artifacts covered with lacquer were discovered. This collection includes fragments of coffins, details of chariots and a variety of household items, including cups with inscriptions. Looking at these ...

Modified: 14.04.2015
archaeology , Xiongnu , Noin-Ula , lacquer , cups , er bei
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And the Soul Will Revive as the Grains of Millet

... the objects made of inorganic materials. Well preserved organic items are a rare “lucky chance” for archaeologists because it allows them to see more and go farther in their reconstruction of the remote past. The mounds of Xiongnu nomads in the Noin-Ula Mountains (Northern Mongolia), excavated by Soviet–Mongolian archaeological expedition in 2006—2012, rank among such rare finds. The elite of these nomad people spent their entire life on horseback and their main food, similarly to any Central ...

Modified: 14.08.2013
burials , Noin-Ula , Northern Mongolia , archaeological finds , plant remains , Panicum sp. , grain
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Faces from the Past

... Comprehensive Mirror of the Immortals (Zhenxiantongjian) shows Fu Xi with the emblem of Bai Hua which he holds in his hands pressing it to his tummy. The image of Fu Xi depicted as a man with symbolic linear figures embroidered on the fabric discovered in Noin-Ula mound 20 is the most ancient among those presently known. The silk fragment used for facing the smart nomad clothes presents a unique sample of fabric of the Han period. Similarly to all investigated Noin Ula burial mounds, in the burial mound ...

Modified: 18.12.2012
Noin-Ula , North Mongolia , Xiongnu , ancient textiles , silk , embroidery , costume
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History Embroidered in Wool

... kumis, meat, wild-growing herbs, worshiping the Sky, the Sun and the Moon – this is what the nomads’ life is about. Where does this exquisite fabric come from and what kind of history is embroidered on it? The very first explorations of the Noin-Ula Xiongnu burial kurgan (tumulus) in North Mongolia, conducted in 1924—1925 by an expedition of the famous traveler P. K. Kozlov, produced surprising results. Among the most amazing were fragments of embroidered woolen draping carpets, now kept ...

Modified: 10.04.2012
Noin-Ula , North Mongolia , Xiongnu , ancient wool textiles , Zoroastrians
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The Light of Distant Hellas

On more than one occasion Science First Hand has published articles about striking discoveries made during the excavations at one of the burial mounds of a famous burial ground of the Xiongnu nobility from Noin-Ula in Northern Mongolia, carried out by the Russian-Mongolian expeditions in 2006. A silver plate depicting an ancient plot, found at a depth of 18 meters, buried in a splendidly decorated burial ground has become one of the most unexpected and ...

Modified: 15.12.2011
Noin-Ula , Xiongnu , Northern Mongolia , horse harness , silver plate , Artemis , herm , Bacchic cult
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The Kurgan for the Moon-faced

... conquerors who invaded vast territories from the Volga to the Rhine in the first half of the Common Era. The Khunnu only began to “take shape” at the turn of the 20th century, when burial grounds of some grand Khunnu people were discovered in the Noin-Ula mountains, northern Mongolia. The world perceived remnants of awesome silk fabrics and silk-faced felt carpets, lacquer and ceramic artifacts, gold decorations and silver horse harness… Artistically made pieces were testimony not only of the ...

Modified: 30.08.2009
Xiongnu , Noin-Ula , Xiongnu burial mounds , 20th Noin-Ula burial mound , archaeological digs , archarology , North Mongolia , N.V. Polosmak , chanyui , anthropological material , enamel cases of teeth , Parphia , embroidered textile , felt carpet , merlon
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Behind a "Shot" of Archaeological Sensations

... being sure that everything he or she is going to find at the burial ground or settlement will be properly restored and preserved. Beginning in 2006 our large project on investigating the burial mounds of the honorable Xiongnu, which are part of the Noin-Ula monument located in the mountains of Northern Mongolia, we had some idea of what we were going to find and were ready for the immediate preservation and subsequent restoration of the artifacts yet to be found. Wonderful about archaeology, however,...

Modified: 30.08.2008
Xiongnu , mounds , Noin-Ula , Northern Mongolia , excavation , burial chamber , textiles , lacquer objects , restoration , preservation
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