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Nomads' Gold. On the "Siberian Collection" of Peter I

... document of the Tyumen voevoda’s (commander’s) chancellery kept in the State Archive of the Tyumen oblast (region) in Tobolsk, which gives evidence about the search conducted by Prince Gagarin on the Tsar’s order for the gold and silver “grave ... ... have held the “hillock” artefacts found. “To punish grave diggers by death…” The glitter of gold did not mislead Peter I about the highest artistic level and great scholarly value of Siberian artefacts. Owing to his good judgment, ancient gold was not melted in furnaces to turn into hard cash but has been preserved ...

Modified: 30.10.2006
Peter I , Peter the Great , Siberia , Tobolsk , antiquities , gold , Nikolaas Witsen , archaeological finds , Ob , Irtysh
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