Scythians made quivers from human skin – scientists

Scythians made quivers from human skin - scientists

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Remains of skin

The research results provide insight into the cultural practices and possible beliefs of this ancient nomadic society.

A group of anthropologists stated that Scythian warriors used quivers made from the skin of defeated enemies. In them, they carried their arrows, writes Arkeonews.

Scholars have studied the claims of the Greek historian Herodotus, who wrote that the Scythians used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels, drank their blood, and even made quivers from the skin of their enemies' right hands.

"Using modern methods of protein analysis in 45 skin samples from 14 Scythian monuments in the south of Ukraine, we determined the animal origin of most of the samples – the skin of horses, cattle, goats or sheep. However, two skin samples were special – they were made from human skin , as Herodotus wrote. It is interesting that these fragments of human skin were found only in the upper parts of the quivers, while the rest of the quivers were made from animal skins. It is important to note that the use of human skin to make weapons was not unique to the Scythians," the scientists say.

It is noted that human skin has been used for a variety of purposes throughout history, including as book bindings and creating eerie artifacts. On the other hand, the discovery of human skin among the Scythians provides valuable information about their cultural traditions.

In addition, according to one theory, the use of human skin in leather production may have been related to religious or ritualistic beliefs. The Scythians were known for their elaborate burial practices, which often included elaborate burial rituals and placing valuables in graves. Human skin could be used to honor or perpetuate the memory of the deceased.

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Remains of skin found by researchers at various burial sites

We will remind you that a Scythian settlement was found earlier in the Khmelnytskyi region.

An entire tomb of a Scythian warrior was found in Khortytsia

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