Archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball, of the Centre for the Study of Eurasian Nomads, in Berkeley, California, told New Scientist she believed the graves excavated near the Russian town of Pokrovka were warriors, and may even be the original Amazons depicted in reliefs on the Parthenon in Athens.
The Amazons were given their name by the historian,
Herodotus, who wrote of encountering a tribe of fierce women warriors north of the Black Sea around 450BC. The location and date fit roughly with the archaeologists' finds. Louise Jury