A Sneak Peak into British Museum’s Scythians Warriors of Ancient Siberia

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If you are planning to tour British Museum anytime soon, catch the Scythian exhibit displayed in the museum, which will be open to public until January 14, 2018. The Scythians were nomadic travelers and horseback riders of Ancient china and “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” is a throwback to an age-old generation.

You could hear the surrounding sound of the whistling wind and whinnying horses, which brings out the feel of Siberian landscape inside the British museum. Scythians also traveled from southern Russia to China and across the northern Black Sea in pursuit of wild animals. A major highlight of the exhibit is a three-way tussle between one apiece yak, tiger and vulture and the golden plaque of a Scythian warrior riding a horse in hot pursuit.

The British Museum has loaned artifacts from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg for the “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” exhibition. The exhibit picks up pace when you get to the Scythian tribes who hunted for their lives. The Scythians had left no trace of their language in writings. The biggest surprise of the “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” exhibit, however, is the discovery of the strong bond between the horse and the Scythians.

It is said that Scythian horses were buried alongside their respective owners in ancient Siberia. Another interesting fact about the nomadic riders is that they preferred gold for weapons and even used poised arrows to hunt.

The Scythians were not just archers but also traders. Athens once used Scythians to patrol the city and partake in Athens’s trade missions with neighbors Greece, Persia and Assyria. The ancient Greek Historian Herodotus once described how the Scythians ‘howled with pleasure’.

The exhibition will provide you with a sneak peak to a generation of Scythian riders who had a dynamic energy about them. The Scythians predate the Huns and the Mongols and date back to around 2000 years ago. In fact, those who tour British Museum this time of the year can see “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” and jump in between sections dedicated for the Scythian riders and for the Scythian tribes.