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Siberian Icemaiden and Pazyryk Bodies

By Michelle and Giselle

Throughout the twentieth century frozen bodies of people from the ancient Pazyryk tribe of southern Siberia and Mongolia were unearthed by Russian archaeologists, Sergei Rudenko and Natalia Polosmak.Through their discoveries, these archaeologists have been able to learn much about these fierce nomadic fighters and skilled horsemen who lived during the 5th Century BCE. Most of the Pazyryk burial sites were destroyed and looted by grave-robbers during the Dark Ages. However, a few remained intact to be discovered in 1924 and subsequently exacavated in 1929 and 1947. Decades later, what has been described as the most valuable find in this area of archaeology, was made with the discovery of the Siberian Icemaiden in 1993 by Natalia Polosmak. In 1995, 'the horseman' or 'the warrior' was disocovered in the same area. Explore the pages of this site to find out about the information that has been revealed to us through these incredible discoveries...

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The Siberian Ice Maiden, or the “Altay Princess” (a name derived from the region in which she was found), bore tattoos that may have been a symbol of her status in society. Image source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/unquiet-mummies.html
The Siberian Ice Maiden, or the “Altay Princess” (a name derived from the region in which she was found), bore tattoos that may have been a symbol of her status in society. Image source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/unquiet-mummies.html




Discovery - 20th Century
Preservation - Deliberate AND Accidental...
Appearance
Lifestyle and Times of the Pazyryk
Cause and Manner of Death
The Siberian Icemaiden Curse
Activities - Pazyryk Puzzles
Useful Books, Websites and Videos