Medieval weapon-making foundry discovered on shore of Lake Baikal

Started by gash, June 27, 2016, 10:40:05 pm

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Archeologists walking to a beauty spot on Lake Baikal chanced across the 'unique' ancient furnaces after noticing slag and clay coating on a rough road used by tourists to access the shoreline.

Tests with geophysical equipment confirmed the presence of underground structures.

Two furnaces made of stone were unearthed, believed to have been used to smelt iron ore for weapons such as knives, arrowheads and quiver hooks as well as parts for harnesses, stirrups, sickles, and belt buckles.

Professor Artur Kharinsky, of Irkutsk National Research Technical University, said: 'We are lucky to find this. Firstly, we managed to find and save these unusual remains of ancient metallurgy from destruction

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