SAINT-PETERSBURG, September 2. Stone disc with mysterious signs found along with the bones of people in the Bronze Age dolmen in the Western Caucasus, said the St. Petersburg Institute of History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
"Such a find for us was a complete surprise. We expected to find a more mundane things, and then drive with signs … Understand the meaning of the symbols left by people who did not know writing — not just, "- said the head of the archaeological expedition of the Institute of History of Material Culture Viktor Trifonov.
The disc of sandstone with unique characters was discovered on August 17 near the village of Agui-Shapsug (Tuapse district of Krasnodar region) during archaeological excavations dolmen overlain by a 3 meter layer of earth and stones, along with the bones of people Bronze Age (III thousand BC H.). In the center of the disc with a diameter of 27 cm plotted a few characters, the full significance of which remains unclear.
"Judging by the shape of the characters and their compositions, some of which may be the main symbols of the heavenly bodies — the sun and the moon, and the disk — a tool for astral divination. It is possible that the key to understanding the signs Agui-Shapsug disk can be sacred symbols of the people, speak in the ancient language similar to modern zapadnokavkazskim — Adyghe, Abkhaz, Circassian and Kabardian. It is likely that the ancestors of these very people and dolmens were built. "
Exceptional value dolmen near the village of Agui-Shapsug give the unique climatic conditions of the Bronze Age, which became the cause of a powerful landslide blocked the megalithic sepulcher with a thick layer of clay, sand and gravel. Since the Bronze Age drama turned into a lucky break for archaeologists who are lucky enough to find no one disturbed over 4000 years old dolmen. Tight dolmen burial chamber almost to the ceiling was filled with the bones of the dead, the total number of which is now — before the full completion of the excavation, — passed for a score.
Finding "Astral Drive" — believes Victor Trifonov — will shed new light on the origins of the peoples who built the dolmens and the meaning of symbols imprinted on the walls of dolmens in the form of pictographs and petroglyphs.