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In a turn of events that makes our world seem a little more Dungeons and Dragons, archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old suit of armor made of reindeer antlers. The odd suit was uncovered in the Arctic Circle. It was highly decorative, and researchers believe that it was intended to be an offering to ancient polar gods. Metal bands across the world have been notified.
Over 18,000 artifacts have been unearthed there since archaeologists began excavating it in the thirties. The iconography of the artifacts suggest a religious idolatry for bears among the tribe that created them.
“There are about 30 plates in the collection of Ust-Polui. They differ regarding the degree of preservation, as well as the size, location of mounting holes, and the presence or absence of ornamentation,” says Andrey Gusev, an archaeologist. “The ornamentation on the plates can be individual, that is after the thorough analysis we could say how many warriors left armour here, judging by the style of decorations.”
It was only in 1993, after the end of the Soviet era, that a Senior Fellow from the Centre for the Study of the Arctic, Natalia Fedorova, began to work here again. 'The intertribal sacred place Ust-Polui was functioning on the Arctic Circle in Western Siberia in the 1st century BC,' she wrote, pointing out that the site was beyond what was then the 'civilised world' stretching from 'the Mediterranean to the Huang He basin and occasionally interrupted by deserts and mountains', and also outside the 'second circle' of nomadic tribes on the Eurasian steppes.
'It was located on the cross-roads of the natural zones and the cultural traditions. While meeting there during the sacred ceremonies the people from various territories of the Ob region exchanged knowledge, technology and cultural achievements, in these meetings they created new cycles of magic legends and epic tales, the motifs of which inspired the ancient artists.
'Having performed the sacred rites the people distributed the material evidence of the contacts across the wide spaces of the West Siberian taiga. The remote northern sacred place became one of the facts of the common culture of the world. The archeological monument known as the settlement (sacrificial place) Ust-Polui was located within the bounds of the contemporary city of Salekhard, the capital of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous Okrug'.
originally posted by: Byrd
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: Irishhaf
From the looks of the armor it was not comfortable. More comfortable than a knife, but still.
It reminds me somewhat of Japanese armor made from bamboo. Of course, it's far too old to be a direct inspiration but still it does look a bit like that.