4000-yr-old Aryan city discovered in Russia

Russian archaeologists have unearthed some ancient and virtually unknown settlements.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 09:11 AM IST

London: Russian archaeologists have unearthed
some ancient and virtually unknown settlements which they
believe were built by the original Aryan race about 4000 years
ago.

According to the team which has discovered 20 of the
spiral-shaped settlements in remote part of Russia steppe in
southern Siberia bordering Kazakhstan, the buildings date back
to the beginning of Western civilisation in Europe.

The Bronze-age settlements, the experts said, could have
been built shortly after the Great Pyramid some 4000 years ago
by the original Aryan race whose swastika symbol was later
adopted by the Nazis in the 1930s.

TV historian Bettany Hughes, who explored the desolate
part of the Russian steppe for BBC programme `Tracking The
Aryans`, said: "Potentially, this could rival ancient Greece
in the age of the heroes."

"Because I have written a lot about the Bronze Age
world, there always seemed to be this huge missing piece of
the jigsaw puzzle," Hughes was quoted as saying by the Daily
Mail.

She said: "We are all told that there is this kind of
mother tongue, proto-Indo-European, from which all the
languages we know emerge.

"I was very excited to hear on the archaeological
grapevine that in exactly the period I am an expert in, this
whole new Bronze Age civilisation had been discovered on the
steppe of southern Siberia."

The remains of the ancient city were explored for the
first time around 20 years ago shortly after then Soviet
officials relaxed strict laws banning non-military aerial
photography.

But because of the region is so remote the incredible
cities have remained virtually unknown to the rest of Europe
until now, according to the archaeologists.

They are about the same size as several of the city
states of ancient Greece and would have housed between 1,000
and 2,00 people, they said.

Hughes was driven to the vast region by the expedition`s
chief archaeologist Professor Gennady Zdanovich who pointed to
the cities that were buried in the ground beneath them.

The Aryan`s language has been identified as the
precursor to a number of modern European tongues. English uses
many similar words such as brother, oxen and guest which have
all been tracked to the Aryans.

Items that have so far been dug up at the sites include
make-up equipment, a chariot and numerous pieces of pottery.

The artefacts were daubed in swastikas which were used
in ancient times as symbols of the sun and eternal life.

But the swastika and Aryan race were adopted by Hitler
and the Nazis as symbols of their so-called master race.

Evidence of ritual horse burials were found at the site
which ties in with ancient Aryan texts that describe the
animals being sliced up and buried with their masters.

Hughes, a visiting research fellow at King`s College
London, said that "ancient Indian texts and hymns describe
sacrifices of horses and burials and the way the meat is cut
off and the way the horse is buried with its master".

"If you match this with the way the skeletons and graves
are being dug up in Russia, they are a millimetre-perfect
match."

-PTI