12th century leather mask found in Novgorod

Victor Singh, of the Veliki Novgorod archaeological project in Russia, has announced the discovery of a pagan mask, cut from the top of a leather boot, in the 13th Troitsky Pit. (photo)

The mask, which would have had cords to fasten it behind the wearer's head, has been dated to the 12th century. Experts believe the mask was used for pagan rites.