The remains of the tomb of a probable Hun warrior have been found. The tomb was unearthed during the construction of a motorway in south-east Romania. The shrine is quite rich: it includes a gold-plated sword with precious stones. Could it be the tomb of Attila, the king of the Huns, Hungarians’ glorious ancestors?
Who were the Huns and how are they, if at all, related to today’s Hungarians? Over the centuries, a legend developed in Hungary based on medieval chronicles. Legend has it that Hungarians (and the Szekler/Székely ethnic group especially) are the descendents of the Huns. According to the legend of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin (Honfoglalás, around 895), under the leadership of Prince Árpád, the Hungarian tribes gradually conquered and settled in the Carpathian Basin.
However, there are some theories about a “double conquest”. According to the theory of double conquest, the ancestors of the Hungarians conquered the Carpathian Basin in two stages. The first phase was around 670, while the second phase is the well-known late 9th century entry. Before even the first phase took place, around 375, a people called Huns were living in the Carpathian Basin.
Three construction workers were digging in a snow-covered field near the town of Mizil in south-eastern Romania, some 220 kilometres from the Black Sea, when they came across something unexpected, Live Science reports. Initially, they were not surprised, as this was the fourth archaeological site to be excavated since construction began.
Extraordinary discovery in Romania, perhaps found the tomb of Attila “the scourge of God” https://t.co/TFzW8rskCo— Heal the Planet ✌✌🎸🎸 (@fwtoney) January 25, 2023
“The tomb is filled with more than 100 artifacts, including weapons, gold-covered objects and pieces of gold jewelry inlaid with gemstones,” Silviu Ene(opens in new tab) of the Vasile Pârvan Institute of Archeology in Bucharest, Romania, told Live Science. He is the lead archaeologist investigating the tomb.
The tomb dates back to the 5th century AD. At the time, the region was occupied by the Huns. Some speculate whether it is possible that Attila’s tomb was found. TheNews even made a video of the extraordinary discovery. You can see some of the finds in the video below:
According to Silviu Ene, the ethnicity of the warrior is not yet known. However, the rich tomb remains suggest that he belonged to the Hun ruling class. They controlled much of the territory west of the Black Sea at the time, including the region that is now part of Romania, he said.
The archaeologist also revealed that the tomb preserved the full skeleton of the warrior. His face was covered by a golden mask, the remains of which were also found. But so far only one leg and the head of his horse have been recovered, travelo.hu reports.
In the coming months, the bones and artefacts will be cleaned and examined, and will be put on public display.
Source: livescience.com, travelo.hu
Be careful. Make sure that the Romanians will not figure it out that it was a Dacian.