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'iPhone case' unearthed in 'Russian Atlantis'


Posted on Saturday, 14 September, 2019 | Comment icon 8 comments

The artifact genuinely does look like an iPhone case. Image Credit: Instagram / Pavel Leus
A belt buckle exhibiting a surprisingly familiar shape has been discovered at a dig site in southern Siberia.
Dating back 2,100 years, the intriguing rectangular artifact was found in the grave of a woman at one of two burial sites in the Siberian territory of Tuva near the Mongolian border.

The area is particularly notable due to the fact that it is submerged in water for several months a year.

The discovery later went viral after archaeologist Pavel Leus posted up photographs on Instagram demonstrating that the object, which is actually a belt buckle, looks rather a lot like an iPhone case.
Measuring 7 inches long by 4 inches across, the buckle is actually made of a type of gemstone known as jet and is inlaid with a number of small mother-of-pearl, carnelian and turquoise beads.

It has been nicknamed "Natasha's iPhone" after the name assigned to the woman in the grave.

"Burials at both sites include many decorations for belts and clothing, beads, pendants, earrings, Chinese wu zhu coins, and Western Han mirrors and their fragments," the study authors wrote.


Source: Live Science | Comments (8)


Tags: Russia, Siberia


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 8 September, 2019, 14:45
It could be the Rouran or Xiongnu Era-Khanate.  I'm leaning towards her being a member one of the Turkic or Yeniseian Tribes that didn't yet adopt the Iranic (Scytho-Sarmatian) art style yet. I'm also leaning towards her being a "Cham" (Shaman). 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Stiff on 14 September, 2019, 10:31
It's not the first time these smartphones have shown up in the wrong era.    
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff on 14 September, 2019, 10:34
Comment icon #4 Posted by MissJatti on 14 September, 2019, 11:01
Thats does not look like an Iphone, it looks more like a Samsung
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible on 14 September, 2019, 11:09
They also found a pay phone in the same location.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Berwen on 14 September, 2019, 12:57
I fail to see any connection to what was found and a cell phone. I guess the next thing to appear will be a 50" wide screen still running. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Gwynbleidd on 15 September, 2019, 8:56
Well, it does seem huge for a belt buckle unless it was some sort of armor perhaps.  I really don't know.  It's rather extraordinary though.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Aye_Yer_Ma on 17 September, 2019, 5:03
So...because it's a black rectangle it's automatically associated with an iPhone? I'm tired of this planet.


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