Russian-Hungarian archaeological cooperation resuscitated

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

After more than thirty years of pause Russian-Hungarian cooperation in archaeological research has been resuscitated, as a result Russian and Hungarian archaeologists co-jointly exploring excavation sites in the southern Ural region.

Folklorist, ethnologist Koppány László Csáji who attended the conference on ancient Hungarian history held in Russia last week also visited the Uelg excavation site, which is about one hundred kilometers north of Chelyabinsk; the site is being explored by Russian and Hungarian experts and it is very important site from the Hungarian historical and cultural point of view said Csáji.

Rarities that are closest to the material culture of the Hungarian Conquest period have been found near lake Uelg. Presently, this is the furthermost known location that can be closely associated with ancient Hungarians and their culture. Artifacts recovered from the burial site indicates that the area was populated by a horse riding nomadic population in the 8-9 century.

From the Hungarian point of view, extremely important finds have been dug up at the Uelg excavation site, which include silver gilt mounts, rosette and palmette decorations, gold-plated silver objects, sabers, Chung-belts, harness-mounts and horse bones as well as pieces of pottery. The thousands of new objects and bone-artifacts that have been recovered at the Uelg excavation site can be closely associated with early Hungarian history said Csáji.

One of the objects that Csáji called "mysterious but highly interesting" is a six and a half centimeters by six-centimeters bronze plaque (see the photo), which appears to have five rows of "Rovas" marks. The plaque was found by accident in the Southern Urals Kurgan Region.

There are various opinions regarding the find. Russian experts still haven't formed an opinion on the plaque. Highly interesting though that all but one character appears to have parallels with early Hungarian Rovas marks. Linguist and philologist Nikolai Ivanovich Jegorov noted that the plaque could be a pre-Turk eastern Scythian artifact, since the area was populated by Scythians in ancient times.

The work at the Uelg excavation site will last several more years; the Russian Academy of Sciences and the South Ural State University counts on Hungarian participation in the upcoming projects as well.

The Hungarian team the worked at the Uelg excavation site was led by Archaeologist Attila Türk. The team also attended the international scientific conference last week, organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the South Ural State University focusing exclusively on early Hungarian history.

Both parties agreed that the joint project was a great success and others will follow elsewhere in Russia soon.

(MTI -


0jr said...

that area was stolen to by the russians or were they tartas

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