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Tighten Your Belt: 2,200 year-old Xiongnu Jewelry Made of Coal, Jade and Coral

October 11, 2017 - General
Skeleton of Xiongnu female with coal buckle. Image: Marina Kilunovskaya

Eyecatching belt buckles worn by Xiongnu female invaders have been found buried on the banks of the Yenesei River in the modern-day Tuva Republic. Another buckle found was encrusted with carnelian, jade, coral and turquoise. The Xiongnu were a Chinese confederation of nomadic peoples who inhabited the eastern Asian Steppe from the 3rd century BC to the late 1st century AD.


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