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For the past few weeks I have commented much on Russian Archaeological finds, much of which is focused within Siberia.Rightly so, for today I have another finding that is truly astonishing.The steppes of Siberia have long been home to tribes of horse riders.The ancestors of those who live there today ruled the steppes for centuries, developing unique societies and cultures.The coffin was secured with large nails—heavy copper nails. The nails held the lid tightly down and helped trap the water that ran into the coffin.As we opened the lid, we were gripped with excitement because of this aura of mystery surrounding the coffin.Amidst a disputed borderline fence area between Russia's Siberian territory and China, lies many ancient burial mounds.One in particular, excavated in 1993 by Natalia Polosmak along with her team, revealed for the first time to the world the "Siberian Ice Maiden", as the mummy found preserved was to be called throughout the world.
It makes ponder how much fuel they needed to keep the water heated, especially in the cold conditions of the cave.
All of this was encased in a tomb that, due to water seeping in and the cold temperature like other Pazyryk tombs found before, was protected by ice.
It was indeed a rare find, given that many tombs in the region had been pillaged long ago.
The Pazyryk culture was actually discovered by her predecessor, Sergei Rodenko, in the 1920's.
From a transcript of a PBS show on which Natalia and others were interviewed, the narrator provides a background on the discovery of the Pazyryk culture: "Sergei Rodenko, launched a series of landmark excavations in Southern Siberia.