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The Ukok diary

In 2004, the State Prize for Science and Technology was awarded to Doctor of History Natalia V. Polosmak and Academician Viacheslav I. Molodin, both affiliated with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, SB RAS, for their discovery and investigation of the unique Pazyryk monuments dated 4th-3rd cc. BC on the Ukok Plateau in the Altai Mountains. Found at the intact “frozen” burial site was a woman’s tomb with a remarkably well- preserved woman mummy and rich mortuary inventory With each...

Modified: 27.10.2017
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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The Arbiters of Eon

“If you’re not interested in archaeology, it doesn’t mean that archaeology won’t someday be interested in you,” once wrote on my bathroom’s wall a man whose school nickname Archaeologist would become his profession Between ethics and aesthetics. Above the sea level, so to speak Raimbek is a hospitable man, but he doesn’t talk much. Why should he? To feel a person, you don’t need to jabber. If you happen to be Raimbek’s guest, you shouldn’t think your host is so taciturn because you’ve done something...

Modified: 27.10.2017
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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Here comes the world fame

By Konstantin L. Bannikov “If you're not interested in archaeology, it doesn't mean that archaeology won't someday be interested in you,” once wrote on my bathroom's wall a man whose school nickname Archaeologist would become his profession ...When our boss Natalia Polosmak, back then a PhD at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, decided to excavate a mound, which would soon make history, a well-known archaeologist, professor Vyacheslav Molodin, who also happened to be...

Modified: 25.07.2017
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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The Arbiters of Eon

“If you're not interested in archaeology, it doesn't mean that archaeology won't someday be interested in you,” once wrote on my bathroom's wall a man whose school nickname Archaeologist would become his profession Between ethics and aesthetics. Above the sea level, so to speak Raimbek is a hospitable man, but he doesn't talk much. Why should he? To feel a person, you don't need to jabber. If you happen to be Raimbek's guest, you shouldn't think your host is so taciturn because you've done something...

Modified: 25.07.2017
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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SIBERIAN PRINCESS:#The apparition from a frozen grave on the Ukok Plateau

By Natalia V. Polosmak With each successive thawed layer of the ice tomb, the time was going backwards taking us further and further away from the modern age. Ukok contributed to this feeling through its solitude, aloofness from everything that was important on the mainland and strange, Indian-like names of mountains, rivers and settlements: Ak-Alakha, Chindagatuy, Bertek, Moinak…The silence around us was pristine, disturbed only by the remote drone of the engine at the frontier post. At night everything...

Modified: 26.06.2017
“frozen” graves , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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The Ukok diary

In 2004, the State Prize for Science and Technology was awarded to Doctor of History Natalia V. Polosmak and Academician Viacheslav I. Molodin, both affiliated with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, SB RAS, for their discovery and investigation of the unique Pazyryk monuments dated 4th-3rd cc. BC on the Ukok Plateau in the Altai Mountains . Found at the intact “frozen” burial site was a woman’s tomb with a remarkably well- preserved woman mummy and rich mortuary inventory With each...

Modified: 26.06.2017
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy , SB RAS , 60 SB RAS
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The mummy continues to reveal secrets

... No matter how you look at it, it was a discovery of great importance A fragment of the film “Altaians, tombs, scientists” made by S. Barkhatova is dedicated to one of the most impressive archaeological discoveries of the last century – the “frozen” graves of Gorny Altai. Excavations on the Ukok Plateau performed by an expedition led by Natalia Polosmak (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences) revealed intact tombs of nomadic nobility immured ...

Modified: 02.03.2017
“frozen” graves , Altai , Ukok Plateau , Pazyryk , Pazyryk culture , MRI , woman mummy , Gorny Altai , Ukok
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A Different Archaeology # Pazyryk culture: a snapshot, Ukok, 2015

... of Ak-Alakha 3 site looked like a typical burial monument of Pazyryk culture. The only distinguishing feature was that it stood alone whereas, as a rule, the Pazyryk burial grounds feature a chain of kurgans stretching from the north to the south. “Frozen” graves are a most singular phenomenon in archaeology, which originated thanks to a unique combination of natural conditions and cultural traditions of the ancient Pazyryks. In Ukok, sepulchral vaults were made in the permafrost. The buried ...

Modified: 17.12.2015
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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On the Path to Celestial Pastures

The first mummies of the Pazyryk people were discovered in the mid-20th century during excavations in Eastern Altai. In 1993 the world saw a truly sensational discovery: in the mound Ak-Alakh-3 on the Ukok Plateau, archaeologists found a “frozen” sepulcher with the mummified body of a young Pazyryk woman and a set of items accompanying her to the other world. Among all the Pazyryk findings, the woman buried on Ukok attracted the greatest public attention. Although over two decades have passed since...

Modified: 30.12.2014
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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