The discovery was made at the village of Samosdelka, just north of the Caspian Sea. "Within the fortress, we have found huts similar to yurts, which are characteristics of Khazar cities.... The fortress had a triangular shape and was made with bricks. It's another argument that this was no ordinary city," said expedition organiser Dmitry Vasilyev.
The Khazar kingdom once covered most of southern Russia. The whereabouts of its capital, Itil, have remained lost for centuries.