Knight returns to astonish 21st century

Mogilev History Museum, situated in Town Hall, displays early 16th century knight’s armour, as found last year in Mstislavl

By Victor Andreev

Mogilev History Museum, situated in Town Hall, displays early 16th century knight’s armour, as found last year in Mstislavl


Mogilev History Museum, situated in Town Hall, displays early 16th century knight’s armour, as found last year in MstislavlThe suit of armour is unique in being the only such to have been found in Belarus, explains Alexey Batyukov, Head of Mogilev’s History Museum. He tells us, “In the summer of 2013, private treasure hunters found a knight’s sword in the River Vikhra (still in the hands of unknown people). Then, local residents found two fragments of a cuirass (coat of chainmail) and archaeologist Igor Marzalyuk arrived to work with the Sea Pegasus Dive-Club, to locate other parts of the chainmail.”

Mr. Marzalyuk has dated the find as being perhaps from November 4th, 1502, from a battle known to have taken place near Mstislavl. He adds, “The remains of the knight and his armour have lain for half a millennium at the bottom of the River Vikhra. This year, the ashes of the warrior were reinterred in Mstislavl, on Zamkovaya Hill.”

Visitors to the museum can view the almost unscathed armour and a reconstruction of the original appearance of the knight’s clothing.
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