During his time in power, Ivan the Terrible expanded Russia’s power and totally altered the political structure. He controlled the country by ensuring total fear and terror within his people, especially the high nobles. This was carried out via regular military warfare, and historians believethey have located an extensive war arsenal that could have been intended for use by Ivan.
The store of weaponry was located during construction, close to Zvenigorod, a small town near Moscow and contains an amazing variety of military equipment – weaponry, and much more.
During the time they were stored underground, the area was one that Ivan had ordered be bought under control by the military. The scientists belive that the cache may have belonged to one of the officers of these campaigns.
This gives us a great concept how a Russian officer may have prepared for starting a military campaign. Each noble officer would have a personal weapons cache in readiness. This dig lets us view the preparations carried by the officer elite of the army at this time.
states Dr. Asya Engovatova, from the Russian Academy of Sciences,
The most incredible weapons located are the spiked helmets, close to undamaged by rust and still located in material lined leather boxes. They were was usually worn by knights and may have been coated in gold and silver.
The scientists believe the cache still exists only as the house that they were located under likely was burnt prior to the weapons and armor being removed for battle.