Viktor Sarianidi
Viktor Ivanovich Sarianidi or Victor Sarigiannides (Russian
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: Виктор Иванович Сарианиди; Greek
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: Βίκτωρ Σαρηγιαννίδης; born September 23, 1929 in Tashkent
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) is a well-known Soviet archaeologist of Pontic Greek descent. He discovered the remains of a Bronze Age
Bronze Age
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 culture in the Karakum Desert
Karakum Desert
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 in 1976. The culture came to be known as the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex
Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex
The Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex is the modern archaeological designation for a Bronze Age culture of Central Asia, dated to ca. 2300–1700 BC, located in present day Turkmenistan, northern Afghanistan and northeastern Iran, southern Uzbekistan and western Tajikistan, centered on...


In 1978 he discovered six undisturbed tombs at Tillya Tepe, dating to the 1st century BC. The deceased were richly equipped with gold, the so called Bactrian Gold
Bactrian Gold
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In 1996, he moved to Greece
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 where he lives. Currently in 2010, he lives in the city of Moscow
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External links about Viktor Sarigiannides (incl. picture) - ERT
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