Viktor Ivanovich Sarianidi or Victor Sarigiannides (Russian: Виктор Иванович Сарианиди; Greek: Βίκτωρ Σαρηγιαννίδης; born September 23, 1929 in Tashkent) is a well-known Soviet archaeologist of Pontic Greek descent. He discovered the remains of a Bronze Age culture in the Karakum Desert in 1976. The culture came to be known as the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex.
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.
In 1996, he moved to Greece where he lives. Currently in 2010, he lives in the city of Moscow (Russia).
(Greek) Article about Viktor Sarigiannides (incl. picture) - ERT website
Documentary trailer about Victor Sarianidi: Black Sands directed by Anastasis Agathos
Victor Sarianidi: biographical note, also about Gonur Tepe archaeological site
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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