I LOVE archaeology, but I love horror archaeology even more. It seems that there's a fairly impressive amount of creepy history that's been broken out of the permafrost in Siberia these days. This time, instead of a pissed off Siberian mummy with tattoos, it's a real life version of George R.R. Martin's Lord of Bones.
Archaeologists working near Omsk in Siberia have discovered a complete suit of bone armor that likely belonged to an elite warrior. Found in near perfect condition, the unique armor dates back to the Bronze Age. While it's easy to skeptical of labeling archaeological finds like these as "elite" or "royal," because it sounds impressive. However, when the artefacts are dated to times that dictated that the only members of society that received a burial that would survive thousands of years and contain archaeological goodie bags like the ones being found would HAVE to be of some importance in the hierarchy of civilization.
This armor is totally unique, and found without an accompanying owner, archaeologists speculate that the armor may have been a gift, an item of exchange, or a war trophy. Preliminary estimates date the find between 3,500 to 3,900 years old. It was found near the Irtysh River at a site under excavation ahead of plans to build a five star hotel.
The armor, consists of different plates made up of small fragments of bone that were joined together and archaeologists are working to determine the type or types of animals that the bone came from, current speculation is that they're comprised of deer, elk, and/or horse bones. Too bad, human bones would have been WAY creepier...