After the 15-meter-deep waters in faraway Siberia retreated, a magnificent archaeological site named Russian Atlantis emerged from the depths, rich in historic riches spanning from the Bronze Age to the period of Genghis Khan.
Scientists are racing to find as many items as possible before the 600-square-kilometer region is once again inundated.
More than 100 burial sites have been uncovered, together with a plethora of remarkable items, bracelets, and jewelry from the ancient nomadic Hun people, dating back around 2000 years.
What were the treasures discovered at the Russian Atlantis?
During the excavations, gems belonging to the Xiongnu nomadic tribe were discovered, decorated with depictions of tigers fighting dragons.
Bronze bulls, horses, and snakes were also discovered by Kilunovskaya’s crew, all of which were wonderfully constructed and perfectly maintained. Other artifacts in the “Russian Atlantis” are thought to have originated in ancient China.
The silk, mirrors, and coins discovered on the archaeological site are thought to have been manufactured during the Han dynasty, which ruled from 206BC to 220AD.
Researchers are concerned that the site would fill with water and ice during the harsh Siberian winter, putting it at risk of destruction.
The waters will rise again in early July, providing a window of opportunity to work on the site for a few weeks. The location sits on the so-called Sayan Sea, a massive reservoir upstream of Russia’s largest power plant, the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam.