The book to accompany the British Museum exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia .
Owing to the unique conditions provided by the Siberian permafrost, many of the objects left by the Scythians are remarkably well preserved, offering fascinating insights into the life and funerary customs of an extraordinary people. Some of the objects are from new excavations and others come from the famous Siberian collection of Peter the Great. This book includes many rare and recently discovered finds of personal garments and possessions made from gold, leather, fur and felt, revealing the legacy of one of Russia’s oldest indigenous civilizations.
This title explores in depth recent research and excavations in Russia as well as many discovered artefacts, including rare finds of personal possessions.
St John Simpson is a senior curator and archaeologist in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum and has excavated widely in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Dr Svetlana Pankova is a curator and senior research fellow of the Department of Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia in the State Hermitage Museum. She has undertaken extensive archaeological excavations and research in southern Siberia and Tuva.