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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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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

... 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 in ice lenses. As ...

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

... were mummified, but very few have been preserved to this day. The reason for this amazing preservation is that all the Pazyryk mummies, including the woman from the Ak-Alakha kurgan, were discovered in ice. It is the ice of the “frozen” graves of Gorny Altai that is responsible for their preservation, and not the mummification techniques, which were far from perfect. The mummified body of the woman from an Ak-Alakha tumulus had spent over 2,000 years in an ice cube formed by the larch log structure ...

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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Twenty Years After

In 1993, on the Ukok Plateau in Gorny Altai, Novosibirsk archaeologists explored a kurgan of the Pazyryk culture, in which a mummified woman had been buried. The study of this culture dates back to the second half of the XIX c., when Academician V.V. Radlov excavated the Berel and Katahdin ...

Modified: 14.04.2014
frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok , woman mummy
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Mumiyo Made by the Mountain Vole

... inhabitant of GornyAltai and Tuva, is still surrounded by numerous myths and enigmas. The main among them is its association with mumiyo, a well known ancient remedy still common in pharmacology and medicine Studying the fauna of the Sailyugem Ridge (Gorny Altai), an expedition of the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals discovered, in 1990, large colonies of cute light-colored animals at a latitude over 2000 m. The inhabitants of a large boulder stream (a steep mass of loose rock on the ...

Modified: 24.12.2010
Alticola strelzowi , Mumiyo , Gorny Altai , rockscape , wormwood
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Laboratories of Nature

... Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Currently, Siberian zoologists have three biological stations at their disposal; they are located in different landscape and geographical zones of western and southern Siberia. On the shores of Teletskoye Lake Gorny Altai is among the most unique natural areas in this country. As early as 1932, the Altai State Nature Reserve with an area of 1.3 million hectares was organized there, Teletskoye Lake forming its northwestern boundary. The reserve was closed in ...

Modified: 30.04.2010
biological center , research station , biodiversity , ecology , environmental activity , Western Siberia , Gorny Altai
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When Firm Land Collapses

“The earthquakes of 2003 that shook a land which appeared rather quiescent were like a bolt from the blue… The SB RAS Geophysical Surveys recorded seventy seven М s >3.5 shocks, M = 7.3 the largest, between September 27 and October 15 in Gorny Altai. The main shock was felt to intensity IV within 1000 km. Altogether, the activity zone has experienced over two thousand shocks, and the process still continues ever decaying…” (Novikov et al., 2005). We were on our way back from a ...

Modified: 30.07.2006
earthquake , Gorny Altai , seismicity
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Mortal Delight. SR Finds the Murderer

... phenomenon… The essence of this phenomenon is preservation of the graves with all contents, sometimes including mummies of people and organic objects, inside thick ancient ice. This process was facilitated by both severe climatic conditions of Gorny Altai (Altai Mountains) and specific features of the burial ceremony of these ancient people (for more details, see: Polosmak, 2001). In contrast to the known “tsar” burial mounds (Rudenko, 1953, 1964), the ancient graves at the Ukok Plateau ...

Modified: 30.03.2006
"frozen" graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok Plateau , mummy , synchrotron radiation , X-ray fluorescence analysis , hair , diagnosis , cannabis , overdose , copper , microelements , poisoning , burial ground
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