In the valley of the Tuva River Uyuk are mysterious ancient burial mounds, long revered by local people as sacred sites, bestowing strength. With mounds was associated in many legends and superstitions. For example, that under one of the mounds near the village Arzhaan almost since the creation of the world is asleep mighty Atlantean, and nearby, the village Tarlyk rests the whole city, the brilliant capital of the ancient world, the former ancestral home of all Turkic peoples.
As it turned out, the legends were not unfounded. The first season of excavations carried out in this region in 1971, became a sensation. In mound "Arzhaan-1", where, according to legend, was resting Atlanta, was found buried nomadic rulers, dating IX — VIII centuries BC. e. Despite the fact that the tomb was plundered in antiquity, scientists were able to find excellent examples of ancient art, executed in the "animal" style, as well as bronze weapons, coins, sable skins.
In 2001, in the Valley of the Kings, scientists discovered another unique mound — "Arzhaan-2", built 2700 years ago. In the tomb were the remains of men and women, burial decorations which abounded with gold ornaments. On the neck of the leader glittering cast gold hoop, the royal, the hryvnia, the symbol of supreme power. Near the skeleton were found numerous gold jewelry weighing about 20 kg, copper and amber, iron weapons, the armor. Archaeologists were amazed: the history of the Scythian culture studies have not found such a rich royal burial.
But the most surprising was the fact that found in this mound things treated fairly early period, they were dating the beginning of VII century BC. e. In the Black Sea Scythians appeared later. All this suggests that the territory of the modern Tuva is the birthplace of this amazing nomadic culture.
Finding unique artifacts, scientists have only established themselves in their assumptions that the subsoil of the Valley of the kings still has many secrets and interesting finds.