UKOK PLATEAU, NETRALNEWS.COM - A tattooed mummy tomb was unearthed by Novosibirsk scientist Natalia Polosmak in 1993, and heralded as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Estimated to be around 2,500 years old, the mummy is suspected of having breast cancer.
Scan results conducted by scientists in 2014 with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) indicated the existence of asymmetrical structure on the mummy's right breast. The mummy’s name is known as Princess Ukok.
At the grave of Princess Ukok at an altitude of 8200 feet in Ukok Plateau, archeologists also found six horses that are said to be his spiritual companion to the next world. Archaeologists also found ornaments made of feathers, wood, bronze and gold and small containers of marijuana and a plate of stones where coriander seeds were burned.
According to the editorial information from Daily Mail on Saturday (7/15), the scientists discovered the secret of fashion and beauty of Princess Ukok through clothes and goods, including cosmetic bag that is on the side of Princess Ukok’s mummy.
The scientist said Princess Ukok wore a long shirt made of Chinese silk, and shoes with beautiful decoration. During Princes Ukok’s time, Chinese silk was only found in the Pazyrk kingdom's burial, and since it was more expensive than gold, it gave an indication of her wealth and status.
Her head was completely shaved, and she wore a wig from a ponytail fur. The facial skin and neck of the princess were not preserved, but the skin of her left arm is still intact. But the most interesting discovery is the intricate physical art, which many observers have in common with the modern tattoos.
The elders of the Altai Mountains have long demanded that the mummy be buried again in the Ukopk plateau to stop its anger causing floods and earthquakes. They targeted floods in 50 years in Altai and earthquake events caused by the death of the princess.
Recently Russian scientists discovered the possibility of her death aside from cancer, as it is estimated she also suffered a fall from her horse at the end of her life.
Princess Ukok’s mummy spent most of the last two decades at a scientific institute in Novosibirsk. Then she was transferred to a specially designed room at the National Museum of the Republic in Gorno-Altaisk, but the elders objected to featuring Princess Ukok in public.
The first sketch of the plan for the new mausoleum is guided by Akai Kine, the ethnic Teles ethnic group leader, and president of the Spiritual Center of Turkey Kin Altai.
"According to the draft, the mummy will be put in its original resting place, and on top of it will be a burial monument. The mausoleum will be located on the Ukok plateau where the mummy was discovered by archaeologists in 1993, "said Akai Kine, Teles ethnic group zaisan (leader), and president of the Spiritual Center of Turkey Kin Altai.