AncientPages.com - The "Golden Man" found in Kazakhstan 50 years ago, continues to shine a light on archaeological research on how gold was used in the moors of Kazakhstan.
He is known as the "Tutankhamun of Kazakhstan" by scientists and he was identified as an 18-year-old Sak Warrior. The Golden Man was discovered intact in a burial mound in Issyk.
The figure is covered with thousands of pieces of gold and his suit is composed of a shirt, boots and headgear and it is presumed that the golden earrings and rings from the grave also belong to him. According to the findings, the Golden Man can be dated to the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age.
A symbol of independent Kazakhstan, the Golden Man was a Sak Warrior found intact in a burial mound in Issyk. Images: AzerNews; Wikipedia; Daily Sabah
This fascinating discovery was made in 1969 by Kazakh archaeologists near the city of Almaty, close to the Esik River. In the vicinity, there is the Issyk kurgan of the famous "Golden Man".
The Golden Man is preserved by the Kazakhstan National Museum and belongs to the Saka period five centuries before the birth of Christ, reports Daily Sabah.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), the Chairman of the Kazakhstan National Museum Public Treasury Science and Research Institute, Akan Ongarulı noted that the suit of the man was created with perfect workmanship by using battering, stamping, carving and granulation techniques.
He further noted that there are pictures of snow leopards, deer, mountain goats, horses and various birds on the golden ornaments. Researchers discovered that along with the gold processing technology the Saka nation also valued culture and secret codes. The suit of the Golden Man shows that these ancient people produced and processed gold.
Researchers conducted research on on archaeological ruins and learned much about people who lived there, about the art of jewelry and skills they possessed and about their architecture.
Ongarulı infomed that the Kazakh civilization takes its roots from the Saka and Bronze Ages, adding that civilizations have reached where they are today through the various social changes of each age, Ongarulı said that Kazakh traditional jewelry resembles Saka jewelry.
The Golden Man was found in the city of Esik during the Soviet Union period, while archaeological excavations carried out after 1991 also discovered there were other men in gold suits but they were looted.
The findings are preserved at the Kazakhstan National Museum, the Almaty Central Museum and History Museum of East Kazakhstan and show that Kazakhs lived on these lands for centuries.