Archaeologists recently discovered a 1,000-year-old pagan mask in the historical center of Veliki Novgorod. According to the head of the pit Victor Singh, the mask has openings for the mouth and eyes and was most likely cut from the top of a long leather boot. The back part has holes for small straps or cords, which were fastened at the back of the head.
“The mask was probably used during some pagan rites,” Singh explained. It was found in the cultural layer dating to the 12th century. In all, around 20 masks have been unearthed at the site.