Researchers have discovered a mummy belonging to an ancient lost Arctic civilization and artifact that originated in Persia
The new discovery was made at the Zeleny Yar necropolis and further analysis are under way, scientists expect to have new results within the next couple of weeks.
The finding, defined by the government of Yamalo-Nenets district as "sensational", was conducted in the necropolis Zeleny Yar, near the city of Salekhard, located just above the Arctic Circle, reports The Siberian Times. Archaeologists have discovered a "pit" which is believed to date back to the twelfth-thirteenth century. inside the pit, researchers have come across some sort of cocoon made of birch bark that has not been opened: the researchers suspect it hides a mysterious human being that belonged to a previously unknown civilization to history.
Interestingly, archaeologists have found artifacts in the vicinity that point towards a Persian connection.
Persian artifact and a lost civilization of the Arctic, sensational historical news!
Researchers believe that the human remains found inside the cocoon are wrapped in birch bark, probably containing copper, and in combination with permafrost, produced a "permanent" layer of ice which caused an accidental mummification. Archaeologists suspect that within the casing, which measures 1.3 meters long and 30 centimeters wide, are the hidden remains of a child or teenager from the XII-XIII century.
According to the Siberian Times, the new find matches others discovered at Zeleny Yar, belonging to a mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia despite its position on the edge of the Siberian Arctic. If confirmed, it will be the first mummy from the civilisation found at this intriguing site since 2002.
Alexander Gusev, one of the researchers said: 'We decided, after consulting with colleagues, to take the find as a whole piece, that is without opening it in the field, taking for further research in the city.'
'It follows the contours of the human body. If there is really a mummy, the head and skull are likely to be in good condition. We think it is a child, maybe a teenager. The find is now in Salekhard, in the Shemanovsky Museum, in special freezer. We plan to return to Salekhard on 15 July and immediately start the opening of the 'cocoon'.
Local Vesti.Yamal TV came to the site as the find was made. Their images show it being removed from the ground.
It seems that the amount of discoveries made in the recent years points out that history as we know it is not as accurate as previously thought.
Now, with this discovery in the vicinity of the Arctic circle, archaeologists are a step closer at finding the remains of a unknown civilization that might have inhabited the area in the distant past. Interestingly, among the artifacts discovered were an iron combat knife, silver medallion and a bronze bird figurine and bronze bowls.
Researchers believe that these artifacts date back from the seventh to the ninth centuries. The bronze bowls originated in Persia 3,700 miles to the south-west, dating from the tenth or eleventh centuries.