According to Rinat Zhumatayev, the archaeologist leading the excavation, the girl was laid to rest on her left side in a bent position. She wore small wire earrings in both ears and had beads around her neck. Radiocarbon dating confirmed her age at the time of her death.
What sets this discovery apart is the abundance of animal bones interred with the girl. Approximately 180 ankle bones, likely from sheep or cattle, were found alongside her remains. Such a substantial quantity of bones suggests a unique ritual or significance to the burial.
The bronze disc adorned with a frog carving stands as a distinctive find. This marks the first time such an object has been uncovered in Kazakhstan. Archaeologists believe the frog motif could be linked to water-related rituals and possibly the concept of women in labor. However, further research is required to decipher its precise meaning.
While the purpose of the ankle bones remains a subject of debate among researchers, some suggest they might have been part of a cult practice or used for meditation. Alternatively, they could symbolize well-being and good fortune, expressing a wish for a successful transition from one world to another.
The girl’s grave also contained several other artifacts, including a cow’s shoulder blade, metal sword pommels, a mirror, and a bronze bowl. Together, these findings offer valuable historical and cultural insights into the early Bronze Age societies of Central Asia.