Experts speculation that this couple are an elderly man and his wife or concubine, buried for eternity in a show of affection. There are some unique aspects to the couple who are believed to be from the Bronze Age Glazkov culture. Glazkov culture spread in the area of Baikal lake in Russia from 18. to 13 .century BC. The man’s skeleton had a ring made of rare white jade over one eye socket.
Samples of the bone of the couple have been sent to Canada for radiocarbon analysis, but the Russian team involved in the excavations believe the couple to be 4,500 to 5,000 years old. The male skeleton is complete but rodents destroyed the upper part of the female. Near the woman was a ‘massive’ knife made of jade, some 13 centimeters in length and 7 cm in width. The precise location of this burial is being kept secret for now to avoid amateur diggers wrecking a site which is likely to contain more burials, possibly older than this one. The archaeological team led by Dr Kichigan is from Irkutsk National Research Technical University, with the assistance of Yuliana Yemelyanova.