Ruthless mounted warriors
Skeletons 1,700 years old in Siberia reveal the brutality of the steppe nomads


Intercultural Knowledge

In an increasingly globalized world, cultural exchange and the understanding of our own and other cultures and religions are becoming more and more important. The University of Bern aims to promote reflection on cultural values through its research. Studies of events from times long past can help us better understand our world today: Then as now, phases of political change influenced how people lived and died.

In an international collaboration, researchers from Bern uncovered a Southern Siberian burial ground dating from the second to fourth centuries and examined the skeletons using state-of-the-art analytical techniques. These bear witness to the violence that resulted from the disintegration of the Xiongnu steppe empire and the political instability that accompanied it.