August 10, 2020 | 7:30 AM IST

Russian archaeologists find iPhone-like device in 2100-yr-old woman’s grave

A group of archaeologists recently found a 2,100-year-old skeleton buried with an iPhone-like device from the Ala-Tey necropolis under the Sayan Sea in Tuva, Russia. The remains belong to a woman - nicknamed Natasha - and the pre-historic piece of tech found on her was actually used as an ornate belt buckle.

The burial site known as the Russian Atlantis can be traced back to the Xiongnu Empire which was ruled by nomads from the 3rd century BC to the late 1st century AD.  
The spot from where the skeleton was recovered is a man-made reservoir close to the Sayani Shushenskaya Dam which is Russia’s biggest power plant. The reservoir gets temporarily drained during the summer and that is how the ancient remains were spotted.

Dr. Pavel Leus, who led the excavation said, “Natasha’s burial with Hunu-era iPhone remains one of the most interesting sites. Hers was the only belt decorated with Chinese wushu coins which helped us to denote the era it was from.” There have been a total of 110 burials discovered on the island in the reservoir.
The 7x3-inch accessory looks surprisingly similar to a smartphone and it is actually made of black gemstone jet rock and studded with precious stones and even an ancient Chinese coin.
The discovery comes after two partly-mummified prehistoric women were discovered buried along with tools of the trade.

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