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Grave of real-life Amazon warriors discovered

Posted on Thursday, 2 January, 2020 | Comment icon 22 comments

Did the Amazons actually exist ? Image Credit: mistytableau / Pixabay
Far from being the stuff of fiction, the warrior women of ancient Greek lore may have been the real deal.
These days when you think of the Amazons, you tend to picture the fierce warriors of Themyscira in DC Comics' 'Wonder Woman' movie adaptations, but now thanks to a recent archaeological discovery, it seems more likely than ever that these bow-wielding female fighters were not entirely fictitious.

According to reports, four female skeletons have been unearthed in a tomb in western Russia complete with arrowheads, spears and horseback-riding equipment.

"For a while, people have assumed that myths about the Amazons that the Greeks told were just fantasy," said Amazon expert and author Adrienne Mayor.

"Now we have proof that those women did exist and that the lives of those women warriors really did influence the Ancient Greek ideas and visions of what they said about the Amazons."
Out of the four bodies in the grave, the youngest was thought to have been just 12 or 13 years old while the oldest, who was wearing a golden ceremonial headdress, was around 45 to 50.

"This was an egalitarian society," said Mayor. "The fact that you have a range of ages is important because people previously thought that mothers wouldn't be out fighting because they had children."

"In these small tribes on the harsh steppes, it makes sense that every single person has to have the same skills and competence to defend the tribe as necessary."

Expedition leader Valerii Guliaev has described the discovery as a 'unique find'.

"The Amazons are common Scythian phenomenon," he said. "Separate barrows were filled for them and all burial rites which were usually made for men were done for them."

Source: Washington Post | Comments (22)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Piney on 2 January, 2020, 19:29
He was replaced by something. I always thought a pod person.  
Comment icon #14 Posted by Orphalesion on 2 January, 2020, 22:11
He doesn't have hair, so he's clearly a Reptilian.   Weirdly enough, if you look at the tales and art the Greeks produced about the Amazons, the horde of wild, masculine women who used men only for sex and then killed them does seem like to have been an erotic fantasy for many Ancient Greeks.  Or maybe it's not weird, I don't claim to understand the heterosexual mind ( heterosexual as an Ancient Greek could be...)
Comment icon #15 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome on 2 January, 2020, 22:29
Oh yes, that's a very common fantasy, um, so I hear anyway. In some circles, um, yes ... 
Comment icon #16 Posted by psyche101 on 2 January, 2020, 22:37
If one could choose a method of death, it seems the best way to go
Comment icon #17 Posted by Golden Duck on 2 January, 2020, 22:53
Comment icon #18 Posted by psyche101 on 2 January, 2020, 22:55
Monty Python?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Golden Duck on 2 January, 2020, 23:01
I was going to say it sounds like the last scene from Farcry 3; but, thought better of it. Now look where I am.  Like that chick-flick Sliding Doors that I've never seen.
Comment icon #20 Posted by llegendary on 3 January, 2020, 15:38
How could they tell if the skeletons were female? Either way, these people most likely were male.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Passing through on 3 January, 2020, 19:53
The pelvis and also the skull features can determine the sex of the person. I'm sure i have read somewhere that ancient Greeks were well aware of female warrior tribes. One of Hercules's labours was to steal the girdle of the Amazon queen was it not.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Eldorado on 6 February, 2021, 22:57
Did the Amazon female warriors from Greek mythology really exist? "Thanks to archaeology, we now know that Amazon myths, once thought to be fantasy, contain accurate details about steppe nomad women, who were the historical counterparts of mythic Amazons," Mayor, who is also the author of "The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World" (Princeton University Press, 2014), told Live Science in an email. Current article at Live Science

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