I wonder how many bodies like this will be found over time, peat bogs, mountains, dry caves and permafrost are all ideal for preserving bodies.
From correspondents in Moscow
January 10, 2007 11:48pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse
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RUSSIAN archaeologists have uncovered the 2000-year-old remains of a warrior preserved intact in permafrost in the Altai mountains region, the official Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily says.
The warrior was blond had tattoos on his body. He was wearing a felt coat with sable fur trimmings and was buried in a wooden frame containing drawings of mythological creatures with an icepick beside him, the paper said.
Local archaeologists believe the man was part of the ruling elite of a local nomadic tribe known as the Pazyryk. Numerous other Pazyryk tombs have been found in the area.
â€œThis is definitely a very serious discovery. It’s incredibly lucky that the burial was in permafrost so it was very well preserved,â€ Alexei Tishkin, an Altai archaeologist, was quoted as saying.