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Zeleny Yar Man
Human Mummy
Coppercover
Biographical Information
Name(s) Zeleny Yar Man
Age
Sex m
Status
Height
Source
Culture
Date(s)
Site Zeleny Yar Necropolis
Current Location
Location Shemanovsky Museum
Catalog #

The Zeleny Yarhe cemetery was first investigated from 1999 to 2002. After a long break, a new excavation at the site began in 2013 at the identified archaeological heritage site known as “Zeleny-Yar Yard.” During the 2013–2016 excavations, a total of 47 burials were discovered at the site. Five of the mummies from the site had been shrouded in copper and had been buried with reindeer, beaver, wolverine, or bear furs. Zeleny Yar man had also been wearing a head ornament in the shape of a bear and had been buried with an iron hatchet.

Mummification

Wrapped in fur and copper and buried in freezing condition mummification was a natural process.

Studies

He was a red-haired man covered from chest to foot by copper plating. Grave goods included an iron hatchet, furs, and a head buckle made of bronze depicting a bear.

The feet of all the graves are oriented towards the Gorny Poluy River, a fact which is seen as having significance.

Addition

See also Copper Cocoon Mummies, Polar Princess, and Zeleny Yar Child.

External Links

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210718

https://www.archaeology.org/news/3460-150706-siberia-zeleny-yar

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