The remains of 13-year-old Scythian warrior is forced to reconsider the myth about the Amazons

The ancient Greeks knew about women warriors, “Amazons” is a variety of rumors and speculation. So he concocted many myths, from clipping of a breast for better archery to the killing of all born male babies. It was believed that Amazon I live somewhere in Asia Minor, among the boundless steppes. But last year’s discovery changes everything – the reality of Amazons, apparently, took the girls-the Scythians.

Village Girl in the Voronezh region in folk tales is considered somewhat informal capital dev warriors, which, according to the ancient Slavs, was patronized by the God Perun. Since the 80-ies of the last century near the village was found more than a dozen full-sized burial mounds, the contents of which pointed to the fact that they are the graves of famous warriors. In the absence of opportunities to conduct DNA analysis, the remains are considered male, since weapons and armor can not be associated with women’s things.

Last year in the village were found another burial of two mounted warriors with great for those times gear. But now, with DNA studies were able to establish that both the skeleton belonged to a woman, and one of them was a teenager not older than 14 years. This forced to reconsider the results of past expeditions, and eventually the RAS came to the conclusion that all the graves in Girl – female. And buried there are the young women who died in battle.

Analysis of the weapon indicates that these warriors to the Scythians, they lived about 2,500 years ago. In those days these people did not have the conditions for the formation of large settlements, so they lived in small communities where all adults were obliged to be able to handle a gun. Girls were taught martial craft just as well as boys and, according to some, and one third of Scythian women were becoming professional fighters. It is possible that this was the basis of ancient legends about the Amazons.

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