Construction workers building the foundations of a new bridge over the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, have uncovered an ancient burial chamber which researchers have suggested could belong to the infamous Attila the Hun, one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires in the 5th century AD.

The burial chamber, which historian Albrecht Rümschtein from the Lorand Eötvös University in Budapest described as “absolutely incredible”, 

contains human remains, many horse skeletons, a large sword made of meteoric iron, pottery, jewellery, and other weapons and grave goods traditionally associated with the Huns.  According to Mr Rümschtein, all signs point to the tomb being the resting place of a great Hunnic leader.

“This definitely seems to be the resting place of the almighty Attila,” said Mr Rümschtein “but further analysis needs to be done to confirm it.”

The Huns were a group of Eurasian nomads, appearing from east of the Volga, who migrated into Europe around 370 AD and built up an enormous empire there. They were highly skilled at mounted archery, as depicted in the featured image. It is suggested that they were the descendants of the Xiongnu, who had been northern neighbours of China three hundred years before. Attila was ruler of the Huns (434 – 453 AD) and leader of the Hunnic Empire, which stretched from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea.

Attila led many military raids on both the Eastern and Western Roman Empires provoking what has become known as the Barbarian Invasions, a large movement of Germanic populations that greatly accelerated the fall of Rome. He is considered by most Hungarians as the founder of the country.

According to ancient records, Attila died in his palace across the Danube after a feast celebrating his marriage to a beautiful young gothic princess named Ildico. Legend says that his men diverted a section of the Danube River, buried the coffin under the riverbed, and were then killed to keep the exact location a secret.

Further investigation of the burial chamber and human remains are currently underway. The discovery of this funerary site could bring many clarifications concerning the origins and identity of the Hunnic people and of Attila himself, which have both been sources of debate for centuries.

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