Martynivka Treasure

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Martynivka Treasure is a hoard consisting of 116 silver items (weighing about 3.3kg) found in Martynivka (Russian: Martynovka) village, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine in 1909. The treasure is currently preserved at National Historical Museum of Ukraine in Kiev and the British Museum in London. It is dated approximately to the 6th-7th centuries AD.

Historians proposed different theories for the culture whicf this treasure could have belonged. The most popular hypothesis connects this hoard with Penkovo culture of Antes.

The hoard includes four anthropomorphic silver figurines of 'dancing men' (Ukrainian newspapers sometimes refer to them as 'aliens' for their unusual appearance), five animal figurines, three fibulas, a radiate-head brooch, six armlets, tiaras, ear rings, neck rings, buckles, belt-fittings and horse harnesses. The style of figurines is sometimes considered as influenced by Huns, Bulgars or Avars.

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