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Tomb of the Altai Princess Ukok, a 2.5 thousand year old Russian Princess

Tomb of the Altai Princess Ukok, a 2.5 thousand year old Russian Princess

Bridle  Pazyryk Culture. 5th century BC  Found: Altai Territory, Pazyryk Boundary, the Valley of the River Bolshoy Ulagan. Pazyryk Barrow No.1 (excavations by M.P. Gryaznov, 1929)  State Hermitage Museum

Bridle Pazyryk Culture. 5th century BC Found: Altai Territory, Pazyryk Boundary, the Valley of the River Bolshoy Ulagan. Pazyryk Barrow No.1 (excavations by M.P. Gryaznov, 1929) State Hermitage Museum

Reconstruction of the Scythian tattooed Ice Princess of the Altai. The tattoos are a darker blue on the mummified skin, probably they rubbed new tattoos with myrrh.

Reconstruction of the Scythian tattooed Ice Princess of the Altai. The tattoos are a darker blue on the mummified skin, probably they rubbed new tattoos with myrrh.

Cauldron with Three Friezes of Ornament Epoch. Period: Early Iron Age Date: Scythian Culture. 375-325 BC Place of finding: Dnieper Region, near Mikhailovo-Apostolovo Cossack Village Archaeological site: Raskopana Mogila ("Excavated Grave") Barrow Material: bronze Technique: casting Dimensions: h. 47 cm

Cauldron with Three Friezes of Ornament Epoch. Period: Early Iron Age Date: Scythian Culture. 375-325 BC Place of finding: Dnieper Region, near Mikhailovo-Apostolovo Cossack Village Archaeological site: Raskopana Mogila ("Excavated Grave") Barrow Material: bronze Technique: casting Dimensions: h. 47 cm

Ukok Ice Maiden: Video.“Princess Ukok,” who was discovered high in Siberia’s Altai mountains, is about 2,500 years old. She was buried in the permafrost, which kept her body remarkably well preserved, including tattoos that are among “the most complicated and the most beautiful” archeologists have found.

Ukok Ice Maiden: Video.“Princess Ukok,” who was discovered high in Siberia’s Altai mountains, is about 2,500 years old. She was buried in the permafrost, which kept her body remarkably well preserved, including tattoos that are among “the most complicated and the most beautiful” archeologists have found.

Strong genetic admixture in the Altai at the Middle Bronze

Strong genetic admixture in the Altai at the Middle Bronze

It's a warriors' tomb, but we now know it says more about culture than conquest. It contains ancient Scythian skeletons discovered in the Altai mountains of Mongolia in 2005, and their DNA is part of the first hard evidence of genetic blending between Europe and Asia.

It's a warriors' tomb, but we now know it says more about culture than conquest. It contains ancient Scythian skeletons discovered in the Altai mountains of Mongolia in 2005, and their DNA is part of the first hard evidence of genetic blending between Europe and Asia.

Another view of the recent discovery of a 2,500-year-old Thracian tomb with an intact chariot and the remains of two horses buried in an upright position..

Another view of the recent discovery of a 2,500-year-old Thracian tomb with an intact chariot and the remains of two horses buried in an upright position..

Recently, one of the more interesting obscure civilizations of archaeology has come into the news with the documentation of the elaborate tattoos found on the 2,500 year-old mummy of a young woman of the Pazyryk Culture.

Recently, one of the more interesting obscure civilizations of archaeology has come into the news with the documentation of the elaborate tattoos found on the 2,500 year-old mummy of a young woman of the Pazyryk Culture.

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