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Scythian Warrior Girl
The female warriors of the Scythians were probably the actual Amazons described by the Greek Historian Herodotus. In his story a race of women warriors left their homeland on the south shores of the Black Sea, traveled north, and took husbands among the local males and founded a new society.
A team of archeologists investigating 2,400-year-old burial mounds built by the Scythian people on the upper River Don has found that five of 21 graves contained the bodies of young women with their weapons.
“Usually such women are found in large kurgans (Scythian burial mounds), buried with the same rituals as for men,” said Valery Gulyayev of the Russian Institute of Archeology in Moscow. “They are buried with womanly things — mirrors of silver and bronze; necklaces of gold, glass or clay; earrings; and sometimes a symbolic spindle,” Gulyayev said. “But alongside these are weapons — a quiver, bow and arrows, and often two throwing spears.”
Detail from illustration by Angus McBride
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Scythian Warrior Girl

The female warriors of the Scythians were probably the actual Amazons described by the Greek Historian Herodotus. In his story a race of women warriors left their homeland on the south shores of the Black Sea, traveled north, and took husbands among the local males and founded a new society.

A team of archeologists investigating 2,400-year-old burial mounds built by the Scythian people on the upper River Don has found that five of 21 graves contained the bodies of young women with their weapons.

“Usually such women are found in large kurgans (Scythian burial mounds), buried with the same rituals as for men,” said Valery Gulyayev of the Russian Institute of Archeology in Moscow. “They are buried with womanly things — mirrors of silver and bronze; necklaces of gold, glass or clay; earrings; and sometimes a symbolic spindle,” Gulyayev said. “But alongside these are weapons — a quiver, bow and arrows, and often two throwing spears.”

Detail from illustration by Angus McBride

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