After spending a number of decades frozen in the Siberian tundra, the mummified remains of an adult and a baby, each clad with copper, were discovered.
According to the governor of the Yamalo-Nenets District, the new find consists of two mummies, one of which is an adult wrapped in copper plates and the other in copper kettle pieces, coated in thick fabric, fur, and tree bark. Because of its antimicrobial properties, copper has long been used to help the body stay protected. As a result, the permafrost in this extremely cold region of the earth automatically “cooled” the ashes.
Approximately 170 centimeters (5 feet 7 inches) tall, the larger of the two mummies indicates that it is an adult. The youngster is presumably younger than six months old, according to the smaller one.
Evgenia Svyatova, an anthropologist with the Center for the Protection and Use of Historical and Cultural Monuments, highlighted in a statement that the team has not yet disassembled the remains out of concern about upsetting the corpse and worsening the tissue condition.
Mummies were unearthed by archaeologists next to a century-old monument in a remote area of Siberia, not far from Salekhard. It should not be surprising that this community experiences an average annual temperature of -5.72°C (21.7°F) given that it is situated on the shore of the Kara Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
The pair will now undergo testing at a clinic that includes genetic testing, forensic investigation, and historical investigation. Later this year in Salekhard, the project’s researchers want to present their findings at a conference.
The age of the remains has not yet been established. On the other hand, it is thought that the archaeological site was most active in the 13th century, during the Middle Ages. In a long line of mummies found at the Zeleny Yar archeological site since 1997, the bodies are the most recent. 47 burials were found by researchers between 2013 and 2017.
Even while this project has provided a wealth of knowledge, little is known about the people who lived in the region hundreds of years ago. Copper bowls from Persia dating to the 10th century had previously been found in Iran, some 5,950 kilometers (3,700 miles) away. Although it is uncertain how this Siberian culture and Persia are related, it is hoped that future web development may shed some light on the matter.