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Tomb, discovered in West Georgia, is older than Tsarina Tamar2009-08-17 15:05
The ancient tomb, discovered in Bagrati temple in Kutaisi [West Georgia], has become the topic of heated arguments - NTV.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to one version, the sepulcher, in which also lots of jewelry were found, belongs to legendary Tsarina Tamar [lived in 12th -13th cc], but experts are skeptical about it.
Scientists call the sepulcher "the finding of the century". Specialists came to the conclusion that the tomb is of earlier period than Tamar's one. They suppose that the unknown noble woman was buried with special honours.
The palaeontological expertise revealed the buried one was 50-55 years old, of 165 cm height; she lived either in 8th or in 9th century. The tomb is of extremely rare richness for Georgia. Similar tombs were found only in Pitsunda, and date back to 4th - 8th cc.
This fact allows some scientists suppose the remains belong to a tsarina or princess of the Abkhazian kingdom, the capital of which was shifted from Anakopia [New Athos] to Kutaisi in the end of the first millennium.
Bagrati temple was built on the place of the two churches of earlier period. Not so far from the temple an ancient palace, possibly belonged to Abkhazian kings of Leonidi dynasty, and then of tsars of the united Georgia from Bagrationi dynasty.
The remains of the noble woman and the golden decorations have already been moved to Tbilisi.