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Remarkable 2,100-year-old 'iPhone' found deep in young woman's grave

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A remarkable 2,137-year-old object - said to resemble an "iPhone" - has been dug from a grave of a young woman.

The structure is made of black gemstone jet - a type of lignite - with inlays of semi-precious stones.

The tomb was found after a reservoir drained and was moved to investigate © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited The tomb was found after a reservoir drained and was moved to investigate

It was found after the Ala-Tey necropolis, a reservoir near Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam, Russia's biggest power plant, was drained.

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Experts say the deceased was a fashionable young woman who lived in the Hunnu-era (Xiongnu) in rural south Russia. It is believed she actually wore the object as a belt buckle.

"Natasha’s’ burial with a Hunnu-era (Xiongnu) iPhone remains one of the most interesting at this burial site.

"Hers was the only belt decorated with Chinese wuzhu coins which helped us to date it," said Dr Pavel Leus, who led the team of archaeologists in the summer.

a man jumping in the air: Archaeologists were in awe to find a 2,100-year-old object in a grave © IHMC RAS/Pavel Leus Archaeologists were in awe to find a 2,100-year-old object in a grave

Photos of the accessory capture its extraordinary turquoise and red inlays.

The buckle, around seven by three and a half inches in size, was discovered in the normally submerged "Atlantis necropolis" near the dam.

The region is Tuva, a largely mountainous sprawl of beautiful countryside - a holiday spot frequented regularly by Vladimir Putin.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 08: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to journalists after voting in local elections at the polling station on September 8, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. Russians vote Sunday on local elections. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) © 2019 Mikhail Svetlov MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 08: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to journalists after voting in local elections at the polling station on September 8, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. Russians vote Sunday on local elections. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Other graves of prehistoric civilisations dating from the Bronze Age to the time of Genghis Khan are located in the area.

Two more partly-mummified prehistoric fashionistas - buried with the tools of their trade - were unearthed earlier this year.

Dr Marina Kilunovskaya from the St Petersburg Institute of Material History Culture, who leads the Tuva Archeological Expedition, said: "This site is a scientific sensation.

a close up of a building: It is understood the object was used as a belt buckle © IHMC RAS/Pavel Leus It is understood the object was used as a belt buckle

"We are incredibly lucky to have found these burials of rich Hun nomads that were not disturbed by (ancient) grave robbers."

Scientists admit they are in a race against time to examine the sites and save priceless treasures from damage by water.

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