Ancient Proto-Indo-Iranian Redhead mummies discovered in Russia

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On a remote location near the cold Arctic Circle, called by local indigenous Nenets people as “the end of the earth, has come under focus of worldwide because Archaeologists have resumed excavations at “Zeleniy Yar”. This was the spot were already numerous mystery mummies have been excavated and they are mysterious because the appeared to be alien to the region they were found in. Their artifacts after research have been tracked to the ancient Persia which is more than six thousand kilometers away from Zeleniy Yar.

These mummies have been researched in number of ways including genetic testing in order to determine their origins and finally come to some conclusions of this mysterious medieval civilization. Location seems to be a necropolis dating 800 years ago, and over 34 graves and 11 mummified bodies have been found in it reported Ancient Origins.

Local people of Yamal peninsuka, Nenets, have halted the excavation of these bodies due to their shamanistic belivings of dirsturbing souls of their ancestors, however such plea has been ignored by the reasearch team led by Alexander Pilipenko and his research fellows of Institute of Cytology and Genetics, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

These archaeological remains are extremely rare and these mummies were found in amazing well-preserved structure by accident and low temperatures. Over seven made adults, tree infants and one younger female child were found during these excavations. Interesting fact is that five mummies were completely covered in copper, and fur made of reindeer, wolverine and bear. Most interesting mummies is the red-haired male and his resting place was rich with items such as iron hatchet, furs, and a head buckle made of bronze depicting a bear.

“Nowhere in the world are there so many mummified remains found outside the permafrost or the marshes’” said Natalia Fyodorova, of the Urals branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as reported in The Siberian Times.

What is most interesting is that some of their belongings originated in ancient Persia which was located over 6000 kilometers from this area. This discovery means that Siberia was not isolated wasteland as previously thought but in fact a international trade route that had cultural diversity.

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