Russian archaeologists find Khazar capital

Archaeologists from Astrakhan State University believe they have discovered the long-lost capital of the Khazar kingdom in southern Russia. The Khazars were a semi-nomadic people who converted to Judaism between the 8th and 10th centuries.

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.