NEWS AND EVENTS
July 26, 2013
A unique find has been discovered in Maisky settlement, Tashkent region
14 gold objects have been found during land works by the locals. About the mysterious treasure they immediately informed the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan, and today researchers are working on it.
The collection includes a coin with the image of the face of the emperor and the ancient god, belt plaques, bail and belt tip, cloth rivets and sewed plaques, as well as a fragment of the object of unknown purpose in the form of a hook with beads.
Experts at the management for artistic examination of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan believe the items were discovered at the burial of a noble Byzantine warrior. Gold items were part of the gear and apparel decoration and date back to the 5-6th centuries.
The valuable discovery is currently being studied by academicians and workers of the State Museum of History. The archaeologist and numismatist Alfiya Musakaeva PhD dwells upon the found articles:
“Among the finds there is a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire that belongs supposedly to the 6th century. On its front the emperor with tiara is depicted, while in the back - the Roman goddess Victoria. In the future, a lot of work is to be done on the dating of objects and their destination. It is a long process linked with cleaning and restoration of materials. The collection of finds from Maisky settlement has fragmented products from twisted gold wire. Supposedly, a special hanging decoration was made of it. These decorations at the time incrusted with precious rocks, which served a sign of social status.”
According to the expert, all these products are of Byzantine production, but there are also some finds similar to those from the Altai barrows. Researchers date them to the period I of the Turkic Khanate.
Over the past few years, finds belonging to the early Byzantine period, have frequently been discovered by archaeologists on the territory of Uzbekistan.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)