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The Ukok diary

... 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 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 ...

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

... 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 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 ...

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

Mummies have always enjoyed much attention. Especially those that have become as famous as the mummy of a woman from Ak-Alakha 3, a Pazyryk burial site on the Ukok Plateau, discovered by Russian archaeologists in 1993 . 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...

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

... Companions to the “other” world Based upon what we know, this double burial was arranged immediately after the main burial of the mummified woman in the larch vault. After the excavation of the tumulus, all the attention was obviously focused on the woman mummy, while the robbed burial and people buried in it happened to be in her shadow. It was time for them to come out of it as they were part of the same story and had been tied (though it was not yet clear in what way) to that woman, whose rebirth ...

Modified: 17.12.2015
“frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok plateau , woman mummy
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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

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 kurgans in the Central and South-Eastern Altai. What makes the Ukok discovery unique is that for the first time in over a hundred years of studies an intact, “frozen” burial of a representative of the Pazyryk nobility...

Modified: 14.04.2014
frozen” graves , Gorny Altai , Pazyryk culture , Ukok , woman mummy
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