Students of the IIMK team led by V. A. Semyonov and M. E. Kilunovskaya opened a burial at Eki-Otuk site. The work was conducted in unusual and even extreme conditions; an underground river flows right through the burial - one of branches of river Eerbek , which flows along all the digs on the surface.
During investigations of this burial, a Chinese buckle was found with an image of Teo-te mask. Presumably the find can be dated to 19th-6th centuries before our era. It needs to be noted that this is the first time in his lengthy working experience that V. A. Semyonov has seen a buckle of this type in Tuva.
Beside that, this excavation also yielded a Chinese spoon from approximately the same time, which, most likely, was used for preparation of narcotic substances, as well as many artifacts from Early Scythian era ( 7th - 6th centuries before our era): arrowheads, including bone ones with imitation bronze, details of horse trappings, a mirror, a gold earring of a young girl, daggers, one of which has a curved form. Currently the scientists are discussing the reasons for the curved form. There are many versions, ranging from a natural deformation to a ritual reason.
Altogether this burial contained 2 male and 3 female bodies: one young man, 2 girls, and a man and woman couple of about 50 years old. The work on this object is not finished yet.
The archeologists from Sankt-Peterburg also discovered a female burial with interetsing artifacts - various female adornments, buckles and beads. V. A. Semyonov has reconstructed the beads. This burial is from Late Scythian period (4th-2nd centuries before our era).