News: Archaeologists Find Ancient Mummy Approximately 1,500 Years Old in Mongolia

Siberian Times - Ancient Mongolian Mummy

Remains of a suspected female of Turkik origin have been found at an altitude of 2,803 metres in the Altai Mountains.

The ancient human remains are wrapped in felt. The excavation is being hailed as the first complete Turkik burial found in Central Asia. B. Sukhbaatar, researcher at Khovd Museum, said: ‘This person was not from elite, and we believe it was likely a woman, because there is no bow in the tomb. Now we are carefully unwrapping the body and once this is complete the specialists will be able to say more precisely about the gender.’

In the mummy’s grave archaeologists found – alongside the human remains – a saddle, bridle, clay vase, wooden bowl, trough, iron kettle, the remains of an entire horse, and four different ‘Dool’ (Mongolian clothes). There were also pillows, a sheep’s head and felt travel bag in which were placed the whole back of a sheep, goat bones and a small leather bag for the cup.

Sukhbaatar said: ‘It is the first complete Turkik burial at least in Mongolia – and probably in all Central Asia. This is a very rare phenomenon. These finds show us the beliefs and rituals of Turkiks.’

To read the full article, visit the website of the Siberian Times.

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5 thoughts on “News: Archaeologists Find Ancient Mummy Approximately 1,500 Years Old in Mongolia

    • Hi Molly. Glad you found this interesting! Do go ahead and blog about this, and feel free to link to the OATG blog, though it’s not our content. Please link to the Siberian Times article 🙂

      Agnes

      • I will blog about your website this week and would love to contribute to your site as a felt artist – great work. As a textile designer and artist I am so aware of the impact of the textile industry on our beautiful planet – re cycling quality suiting is in my sketchbook and in the development stages ….

  1. This is amazing! I will forward to my friend Stephanie Bunn who wrote the BM book on felt

    I am not sure why you say: The ancient human remains are wrapped in felt but the excavation is being hailed as the first complete Turkic burial found in Central Asia.

    Why the but? Does this relate to date of first known felt?

    You are obviously keeping very busy in Hanover…how is your German coming on?

    Last weekend I organised a long w/e for all the family in a Landmark Trust house in S Norfolk Charlotte, 4 in June, said that she liked it because it was pink! see pic attached The main house was built using wattle and daub but the ‘new extension’ ..the part on the left..was made using ‘clay-lumps’ …blocks made from clay and straw http://ihbc.org.uk/context_archive/41/mudbrick.htm Interesting!

    (in Oxfordshire cob walls were/are made from compacting the earth in situ)

    keep up the blog – it’s great! Felicityx

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    • I have to give all credit for this news discovery to Nick, as he was the one who passed this on to me! But I’m really glad this is inspiring readers of the blog today 🙂

      As for the rogue ‘but’, this is from the original article, though I agree it makes the meaning unclear. I suspect it is a mistake (I found several in the chunk of article that I quoted here), and have now edited it out.

      Will reply to the rest of your message in an email!

      Agnes X

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