Water levels at the Grace Family Cemetery reached 5 feet high, knocking gravestones askew and destroying the picket fencing. One gravestone cracked in two.
"They take the remains out to the ground. A skull is worth something, each finger is worth something, a hand is worth something else."
Archeologists are examining bones from 89 graves, which may have been buried under sediment following flooding.
The "spiral of human bones" included adolescents, a toddler and an infant.
The tomb appears to be both the oldest and largest of its kind ever recorded in southern Siberia.
The toys' purpose was unknown, but the grave belonged to a "common child," as opposed to one of an elite social class.
Of 80 graves excavated on site, this was the only one to contain artifacts of this kind.
Three of the children appeared to have been well-cared for; the fourth did not, possibly due to differences in social class.
The system of beehive-like tunnels stretch more than half a mile beneath the cemetery and have been excavated over the past two years.
The words of Muslim reverence were unseen for so long because they appeared in complicated geometric patterns.