War­riors frozen in time

Get up close to the fear­some Scythi­ans at this fas­ci­nat­ing new ex­hi­bi­tion.

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More than 2,500 years ago, fe­ro­cious tribes of mounted war­riors roamed the Siberian tun­dra. These mas­ter horse­men struck fear into the hearts of the an­cient Greeks and Per­sians, so fa­mous (or no­to­ri­ous) were they for their mer­ci­less fight­ing abil­i­ties. These war­riors were the Scythi­ans, and their cul­ture is the sub­ject of a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Bri­tish Mu­seum, in Lon­don.

Though they may sound mys­te­ri­ous and far dis­tant, we know a sur­pris­ing amount about these an­cient tribes­peo­ple, thanks to the in­hos­pitable en­vi­ron­ment in which they lived – and died. Al­though they lived long ago, their re­mains are per­fectly pre­served, frozen in time by the sub-zero tem­per­a­tures of the ground in which they were

buried. Scythi­ans: War­riors of An­cient Siberia, presents some of these ex­tra­or­di­nary arte­facts, many of them dat­ing back more than 2,500 years. The Scythi­ans’ empire lasted for 1,000 years, and stretched for thou­sands of miles, from the Black Sea, north of modern Turkey, to the bor­ders of what is now China.

The Bri­tish Mu­seum is show­ing more than 200 ob­jects, pro­vid­ing an in­sight into these war­riors. Among the arte­facts on dis­play will be ex­am­ples of the in­tri­cate head­gear they used on their horses, as well as ar­mour, a hel­met and shields, dis­cov­ered in ice tombs.

Among the show’s more grue­some ex­hibits are ac­tual pieces of skin, from war­riors who lived and died around 2,400 years ago. The frag­ments fea­ture re­mark­able ex­am­ples of Scythian tat­too­ing.

The first show fo­cused on the Scythi­ans to be held in the UK for 40 years, this ex­hi­bi­tion prom­ises an ex­tra­or­di­nary look into the brave and dan­ger­ous world of

an an­cient cul­ture.

Scythi­ans: War­riors of An­cient Siberia runs from 14 Septem­ber un­til 14 Jan­uary.

To find out more about the ex­hi­bi­tion, check out tinyurl. com/TWJ-scythi­ans

More than 200 Scythian arte­facts are on dis­play.

Tat­tooed skin is on dis­play.

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