Dating a scythian tomb

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This area was both a trade route and the point of contact many people from different environments and cultures.

People farmed and traded in the oases and nomads visited both for trade and warfare.

Stephen Selby examined several bows in Urumqi that were of various designs and from several periods.

One type of great significance to the history of archery was very similar to bows familiar in the West from Greek, Persian and Scythian The bow in question possessed a feature that is no longer common in modern composite bows.

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This feature is totally unlike the bow tips on later composite bows.

If the materials are really silk and Chinese lacquer, then the use of these materials clearly suggests Chinese craftsmanship.

Silk wrapped and lacquered bows have been excavated in Warring States and Han tombs .

Even in the heartland of the Scythians, modern Russia and the Ukraine, very few identifiable remains of bows remain.

Stephen measured one bow and found that it measured about 130 cm around the curves and 119 cm in a straight line from one end to the other.

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