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SCYTHIANS: WARRIORS OF ANCIENT SIBERIA

This autumn at the British Museum, discover an ancient culture that was buried in the Siberian permafrost for thousands of years.

The new British Museum exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia will reveal the history of powerful nomadic tribes who thrived in a vast landscape stretching from southern Russia to China and the northern Black Sea.

The Scythians were exceptional horsemen and warriors and feared adversaries and neighbours of the ancient Greeks, Assyrians and Persians between 900 and 200 BC. This exhibition will tell their story through exciting archaeological discoveries and perfectly preserved objects frozen in time.

Scynthian Rider

Image: A gold plaque depicting a Scythian rider with a spear in his right hand; Gold; Second half of the fourth century BC; Kul’ Oba.© The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin.

More than 200 objects, including a major loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, will reveal all aspects of Scythian life. Star pieces and new artefacts never displayed in the UK before will explore who the Scythians were, how they appeared, what they wore, who they traded with and what they ate and drank.

Many objects in this exhibition show evidence of cultural interaction, from Scythian wine-drinking learnt from the ancient Greeks and Persians, through ancient Greek craftsmen who depicted archers in Scythian dress. Amazingly preserved in the permafrost, clothes and fabrics, food and weapons, spectacular gold jewellery – even mummified warriors and horses – will reveal the truth about these people’s lives, telling their history like never before.

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia
British Museum
14 September 2017 – 14 January 2018