| Siberian Baby |
|Date(s)||1,500 years ago|
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a mummified infant in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, thought to have been buried 1,500 years ago. The remains of the infant are relatively well preserved in the sealed stone coffin in which it was buried. The body had been bound in leather aiding preservation of the body, the head was not preserved.
StudiesThe gender of the child remains unclear, as does the culture it came from. DNA analysis will be needed to identify the genetic origins of the child.
The child was buried in a small burial mound between the mounds of two adults. The child was between newborn and one month in age at the time of death.
Very little about this culture, but it differs from the other cultures of this period. DNA analysis will help researchers to understand who these people were. They may be from the Bulan-Kobinskaya culture which had links to ancient Huns.
The mummify will eventually be housed at the local museum in Kosh-Agach.
Excavations are near Kurai village in Kosh-Agach district of the Altai Republic in southern Siberia.