Mummies from a mysterious Arctic civilization unearthed by archaeologists

Archaeologists have unearthed two mummies belonging to a mysterious Arctic civilization in the Siberian Permafrost. 

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Experts unearthed the mummified remains of an adult and a baby, wrapped in copper after being frozen in the Siberian permafrost for centuries.

The discovery was announced by the  Governor of Yamalo-Nenets District who revealed that the newest discovery yielded two mummies wrapped in an incredibly thick layer of textile material including fur, tree bark and the adult mummy with copper plates.

Experts believe that the presence of copper reveals the mystery civilization knew of the medical properties of copper—which was most likely wrapped around the mummies for its antimicrobial properties to help preserve the mummies.

Of course, in addition to the copper and textiles, the mummies were wrapped in the freezing temperature in Siberia helped preserve the mummies even better.

According to reports, the adult mummy is approximately 1.70 centimeters which according to experts indicate it was a fully grown adult. The smaller mummy was believed to be that of a child around six months old.

Anthropologist Yevgenia Svyatova, from the Center for the Protection and Use of Monuments of History and Culture, explained in a statement from the official website of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous region that they have not yet unraveled the mummies from fear they could disturb the bodies, which could damage the century-old tissue.

“When we saw that the adult’s burial cocoon was in a relatively good condition, we did not want to risk uncovering it on the spot. To avoid spoiling the fabrics, we extracted it inside its soil shell,” s aid Svyatova.

Experts discovered the mummified remains in a century-old monument located in Siberia, outside Salekhard—Russia’s “Arctic Capital.”

Salekhard crosses the Poplar circle as is located on Kara sea-coast in the arctic ocean where temperate average around -6 degrees Celsius.

The next step is lab testing. Experts will analyze the remains in a laboratory where they will perform genetic testing, forensics, and historical analysis in order to understand more about the mystery civilization they belonged to.

Scientists are yet to confirm the age of the mummies but according to reports the excavation site where the mummies were found dates back to the middle ages, around the 13th century.

The two mummies aren’t the first to have been discovered at the Zeleny Yar archaeological site. In fact, these two mummies belong to a long list as experts have found nearly 100 burials at Zeleny Yar since the site was excavated for the first time 20 years ago.

The site is famous for three monuments: A Bronze-casting workshop believed to date back to the sixth and seventh centuries, a burial ground which is believed to date back to the eighth and ninth centuries and a necropolis which according to archaeologists is from the 13th century.

Curiously, in previous excavations, archaeologists recovered a 10th-century  bronze bowl believed to have originated in Persia, nearly 6,000 kilometers away in modern-day Iran. Experts have still not determined what connection the mysterious Siberian civilization had with ancient Persia, but further research may shed light on the matter.

Source: Official website of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous region

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