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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

... winter pasture two and a half thousand years ago. Shot by a participant of the expedition Doctor of History V. Mylnikov, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, SB RAS, 1993 [in Russian] For the first time in over a hundred years during which the Pazyryk culture of Gorny Altai has been studied, a “frozen” grave (dated 4th century BC) of a noble Pazyryk woman left unscathed by robbers was discovered. Together with her were buried six horses, and the intersection of her wooden burial chamber ...

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

... human body itself, carefully embalmed and preserved against all odds, dot the i’s and cross the t’s, and   you are heart-struck by what you’ve seen… For the first time this happened in Ukok. After we came across the “frozen graves” of the Pazyryk culture, archaeology for us split into the archaeology we had known before 1990 and the one that we knew after. I think this is a different archaeology Many times, I have seen splendid objects from the Pazyryk graves in the Hermitage and had ...

Modified: 17.12.2015
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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The Ukok Female Warrior Has Changed Sex # New paleogenetic data on the bearers of the Pazyryk culture (Gorny Altai)

... Pazyryk nomads of the Scythian period (6th to 3rd century B.C.) in the south of Siberia gained international fame thanks to the unique preservation of the remains of humans, animals, and items made of organic materials. The discovery and study of the Pazyryk culture complexes brought the archaeologists Vyacheslav Molodin and Natalia Polosmak (Novosibirsk) the State Prize of Russia in 2004. “...When the first complexes associated with the Pazyryk culture were discovered in the 1990s,” says Polosmak ...

Modified: 01.12.2015
Amazon , Ukok , Altai , Altai Mountains , Pazyryk culture , Pazyryk , anthropology , paleogenetics , Ak-Alakha 1 , weapons
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The Life and Death of the Altai Princess

More than two decades have passed since the discovery of a mummified body of a young woman in a “frozen” sepulture on the Ukok plateau (1993), but the posthumous fate of the “Altai Princess,” the name she was given by the media, still remains a hot topic for discussion. The articles  On the Way to the Celestial Pastures  and Twenty Years After  by Natalia Polosmak, a Siberian archaeologist, present, for the first time, unique data of a tomographic study of this anthropoarheological object The...

Modified: 02.09.2015
Altai , Ukok Plateau , Pazyryk culture , breast cancer , MRI , woman mummy , Altai Princess , Ukok Princess
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On the Path to Celestial Pastures

... range of cultural elements typical of spiritual culture of a certain ethnic group. In any case, since this phenomenon exists, it requires analysis and interpretation. It was the first undamaged “frozen” sepulcher of an outstanding representative of Pazyryk culture, discovered over the whole period of its study, which started in the mid-nineteenth century. The first thing that makes an unforgettable impression is the fact that the burial-place has remained untouched. The man accompanying the woman ...

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 kurgans in the Central and South-Eastern Altai. What makes ...

Modified: 14.04.2014
frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok , woman mummy
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Mortal Delight. SR Finds the Murderer

... Ethnography SB RAS discovered “frozen” graves dating back to the end of the IV-beginning of the III century B. C. at the Ukok Plateau in the Altai Republic in the 1990s (Polosmak, 1994, 2001; Molodin, 2001). These unique sepultures refer to the Pazyryk culture, which became famous owing to the “frozen” grave 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....

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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Purple and Gold over Thousands of Years

The first burial mounds with “frozen” tombs were discovered by V. V. Radlov (Katanda burial mound and a burial mound at the Berel burial site of the Pazyryk culture, Kazakhstan) in 1865. He was the first to find clothes preserved in ice. One of the most remarkable of his finds — the so-called Katanda caftan — is now exhibited at the State Historical Museum (Moscow). The collection of this museum ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
costume , antiquities , Pazyryk culture , Pazyryk
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