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The Finnish Forest Soldier
ForestBurial
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age 30-40 years of age
Sex Male
Status High ranked soldier
Height 172 cm
Source
Culture Finnish
Date(s) 13th Century
Site Luzhayka Russia (Finland-Russia Border)
Current Location
Location Moscow Museum of Archaeology
Catalog # Unavailable
The Finnish Soldier was found entirely accidentally by a group of hikers who decided to camp out in a clearing in the woods. Due to the temperatures in the area, the ground is permafrost. The body was mummified and found in very good shape due to the temperatures and the mummification process. Historians and archeologists came to the same conclusion that the Soldier had to have been of high rank and quite wealthy. After forensic inspections, it is clear that the Soldier was tall, male, and approximately 30-40 years old.  The Finnish Soldier was buried with four men alongside, believed to be guards into the afterlife. This shows prestige and a firm belief in the Finnish Mythology.

Mummification

The body was buried with copper which gave the mummy a slightly greenish tinge to it as well as other spices and metal shavings.  The combination of chemicals helped preserve the body, however, the cold and permafrozen ground was what helped keep the body intact.

Studies

After the remains were found, the mummy was transported to the Moscow Museum of Archeology for further inspection and research about the mummy's life. After being hidden away from the general public for years and the area around being checked for further artifacts the body was passed for public viewing in specialized containment.

Pathology

The result of the extensive research was such that the Soldier had to have taken many hits to the chest in his life and most likely died from a collapsed lung during strenuous activity. Some of the bones showed post-mortem fractures which are believed to stem from the cold ground shifting. Other than some shifts and changes from liquids expanding when frozen the body was virtually perfectly intact. The other soldiers that were buried alongside were killed with a blow to the back of the head as bodyguards to protect and serve the soldier in the afterlife.

Additional

Additional Information can be accessed on the official website of the Moscow Museum of Archeology.

External Links

All references and external sources may be found on the official website of Moscow Museum of Archeology. Expedition and research funded by the Russian Federation.

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