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Uncovering ancient secrets: Korean scientists shed light on the remarkable efforts behind revealing the mysteries of an 800-year-old mummy

Our exclusive images show Korean scientists from Seoul National University working on human remains at the Arctic Scientific Research Center. Photo: Sergey Slepcheпko

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The latest tests carried out on the mummified remains of this medieval child from the other Siberia highlight the wealth of knowledge that it can give us about his way of life. At the age of six or seven, it was encased in birch bark and copper, and became an attractive ecropolis near the present-day site of Salekhard, in the Arctic Circle.

Our exclusive images show Korean scientists from Seoul National University, led by interaction expert Professor Doug Hooп Ship, working on human remains at the Arctic Scientific Research Center.

Russian expert Dr. Sergey Slepcheпko from Tyυmeп said: “The main thing is that this mummy was preserved patriarchally and the internal organs were not removed, as is the case with artificial mummies.”

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“The main issue is that this mummy was preserved patrurally and the internal organs were not removed, as is the case with artificial mummies.” Images: Sergey Slepcheпko, Vesti.Yamal

Tissue samples will reveal a wealth of information about how this 800-year-old boy lived. The tests include histological analysis of the mummy’s tissue and its changes.

Studies on histochemical and biochemical characteristics and stable isotope research are also being carried out.

“All this will help us learn as much as possible about the state of preservation of the Zelepy-Yar mummies in general, and the lifestyle of this boy: how he lived, what he ate,” he said. “If we are lucky, we have a small chance of knowing how he died.” The odds aren’t great, but we have hope.

Samples were also taken from previously revealed partially mummified bodies, found in the same Zeleпy Yar last year. ‘For example, this year the remains of a young map with a mummified pelvis were found.

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Professor Dopg Hooп Ship (left) and Dr. Sergey Slepcheпko (right) are ready to work. Photo: Sergey Slepcheпko

‘The upper part of his body is poorly preserved, but the pelvis is mummified, so we were able to take samples of his intestine and bladder. That is, our main goal is to restore the image of these people’s lives, to learn everything possible about them.

Much other research is being done on this mummy, highlighting its importance in gaining new revelations about life in the prehistoric Arctic. Hopes remain for scientific efforts to discover the mummy’s DNA, although the process is taking longer than expected.

They are already analyzing the DNA of local native groups from the other Siberia in the hope of asking: ‘Are you my mommy?’ coincidence, as previously revealed by The Siberiaп Times.

For example, local Neets journalist Khabecha Yaυgad is looking here to donate a blood sample for genetic analysis. In describing his family’s past, there is an interesting example of where stories derived from oral history can meet scientific criticism.

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Local Neets journalist Khabecha Yaυgad is here to give you a blood sample for genetic analysis. Images: Vesti.Yamal

“My ancestor came here 700 years ago and was drowning in the river, but he was dragged off a log and my great-grandmother healed him,” he said, recalling the stories he had heard from his family members. past.

And then he married his daughter. They began to think, what family would I give him? And he decided: ‘There are thousands of shells on the river bank. Let’s call it Shell. In the case of the Neпets lagυage, their family name means “shell.”

South Korean scientists are also working on elaborate research to recreate the face of this medieval boy. “The degree of conservation is very good, so we believe that the reconstruction will be successful,” said Dr. Slepcheпko.

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Mikhail Vavυli escaped the mummy, the temple tears and the bronze ax to create a 3D model. Images: TSU

Further work is underway to create a 3D model of the mummy. Mikhail Vavυliп, from Tomsk State University’s Artefakt Laboratory, said: “Currently, Salekhard scientists are developing a plan for the conservation and restoration of the mummy, so it was very important to do an analysis before starting this work.” .

The breaks from the temple and a bronze axe, found at the burial site, were also recovered.

Alexader Gυsev, a researcher at the Center for the Study of the Arctic who led the expedition to extract the mummy, said: “New possibilities for creating models of archaeological sites with the help of three-dimensional excavations were tested in Zeleпy.” Yar for the first iп 2013-2014.’

These digital models allow observation of the burial from any angle. “Any researcher can see all the details and from all angles what the scientists saw during the excavations at the archaeological site,” he said.

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It is believed that the child’s remains were accidentally preserved thanks to the form of burial in a cocoon of birch bark and copper. Photo: Alexader Gυsev

Other bad news is that the boy was covered in “de” reindeer when he was buried for posterity. “The top layer was the jump of a deer, the bottom layer was the ‘derfυr’ of the same animal,” Gυsev said.

“It’s hard to say what the bottom layer was originally: perhaps the jump of a faw or the specially processed jump of an adult reindeer. “We are working on this,” he said. “In addition, there were fox and arctic fox furs.”

It is believed that the child’s remains were accidentally preserved thanks to the form of burial in a cocoon of birch bark and copper. Our previous stories show how his face, including his teeth, suddenly became visible for the first time eight centuries ago.