2,000-year-old skeleton found in Mongolia

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The National Museum of Korea said yesterday it has unearthed a 2,000-year-old skeleton of a Mongolian nomad at the Xiongnu Tombs of Duurlignars, about 500 kilometers northeast of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

The skeleton of a man was identified as mortal remains of the Xiongnu, a confederation of nomadic tribes in Central Asia, a finding that archeologists and historians could use to advance the studies about the ancient tribe. The Xiongnu tribe is often linked with the Huns, a tribe which is better known in Europe, but identification of the two tribes has yet to be confirmed.

During the excavation project at the Xiongnu Tombs of Duurlignars, the museum has worked jointly with its Mongolian counterparts, including the Mongolian Science Academy Archeology Center and the Mongolia National Museum.

The site has a cluster of 198 ancient tombs that belong to the Xiongnu period, according to the preliminary survey conducted in 2002 by a joint team of researchers from Korea and Mongolia.

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