Treasures are sought around the world. Professional archaeologists and black seekers, scientists from God and adventurers who have lost their mind are looking for it.
They search, digging in the ground, raking stones in the mountains and diving into the sea depths. But not everyone is lucky to find the object of their lust …
A group of specialists of the State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Abiverd” was lucky to discover a treasure of nearly hundreds of silver coins of the XIII century.
This is what Muhammetdurdy Mammedov, head of the National Directorate for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan, said in an exclusive ORIENT interview:
“Silver coins – dirhams – from a treasure found by Turkmen archaeologists have been hidden from human eyes for over 700 years. They were discovered during archaeological research in a mausoleum still revered among Turkmen medieval clergyman, Suf Mean Baba, His full name is Sheikh Abu Said Abul Khair. The exact number of coins is 91 dirhams”.
Most of them – 47 coins – engraved the name of Abaga-Khan, who ruled in 1265-1282 the state of the Khulaguids (in the European literature – the state of Ilkhanids), formed after the collapse of the great empire of Genghis Khan.
36 dirhems have the name of Arghun, whose personality caused a discussion among scholars. Some people believe that this is a khan who ruled the state of the Hulaguids (Ilkhanids) in 1284-1291, and others are sure that the ruler of Khorasan was the Turkmen emir.
One of the dirhams depicts a lion and the other an animal resembling a bull. Experts do not exclude the hypothesis according to which in this way they designated the year of production of coins, based on the system of zodiac signs of the traditional Eastern calendar.
On the remaining 8 coins, the most affected by the aggressive influence of external factors, the inscription, which was supposed to perpetuate the name of the ruler, can not be read. But scientists believe that perhaps it was the name of Gazan-Khan – a direct descendant of Genghis Khan.
Medieval author Rashid ad-Din wrote that when Gazan Khan, having converted to Islam, visited the place of rest of the holy elder Mean-Bab, he ordered to repair and decorate the mausoleum with tiled mosaics.
According to historical data and legends, the great elder Meana Baba, in whose honor the mausoleum was erected, amazed the chroniclers, blessing two Turkmen commanders for battle, predicted them victory over the army of the powerful Ghaznavid power. These were Chagry-bek and Togrul-bek – the future rulers of the Great Seljuk Empire, which wrote bright pages in the history of world civilization.
… Treasures buried in the distant times are sought all over the world. Many are looking for it: scientists trying to get to the Truth, and treasure hunters – for the sake of self-enrichment.
And it is good that they are found by professionals. All coins of the meanic treasure will be handed over to the museums of the country after careful restoration and study. For universal self-education…