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Natalya Fyodorova/The Siberian Times
Five mummies were unearthed still shrouded in copper and blankets of reindeer, beaver, wolverine or bear fur.
Overall, the archaeologists found 34 shallow graves with seven male adults, three male infants, and one female child, roughly 1,000 years old. Buried with a hoard of artifacts, some of the bodies had shattered or missing skulls, and smashed skeletons.
Intriguingly, the legs of the dead all point toward the nearby Gorny Poluy River.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Antigod
Wasn't there a discovery some time back in China of graves that contained bodies with "western European" features?
originally posted by: seentoomuch
Here's a link to several good photos of the Tocharian Mummies and they are very similar in appearance. (I'd embed them if I knew how, could someone post them please)?
I've been entranced with the subject of this branch of Europeans developing the trade routes and their fascinating culture for several years now. Thanks for the heads up on this new find.
Of the adults, a remarkably well-preserved man with red hair was discovered, buried in copper plating that covered him from chest to foot. Found next to his body were furs, an iron hatchet and a head buckle depicting a bear made from bronze.
Journalist's notes - Charles Q Choi
Endless arguments took place on how to preserve the mummies that threatened to lead nowhere, Fedorova said. In the end, the researchers p acked each mummy in bandages and foil. "They began to resemble the Egyptian ones," she said. Everything was videotaped and photographed.