Russian and South Korean scientists studied burials in the Arctic zone of Western Siberia and found among the graves of the XII – XIII centuries a number of well-preserved corpses, in some cases wrapped in shrouds from the bark and according to the degree of preservation of internal organs corresponding to classical mummies.
This finding means that it will be possible to study the ancient population of the Arctic region in more details than earlier.
They found 47 graves. The corpses had clearly expressed mummification of the main parts of the soft tissues, among them – three adults and one child. All of them were laid in a kind of shroud made out of birch bark. Using visual inspection, electronic and optical spectroscopy, and tomography, the researchers found that the internal organs of mummies had a high degree of preservation.
This discovery will allow us to more fully understand the characteristics of the life of the local medieval and ancient population.