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article imageUnusual boots found on 1,500-year-old mummy look very modern

By Karen Graham     Apr 14, 2016 in Odd News
The burial site of a 1,500-year-old Turkik woman found in the Altai Mountains of Siberia was an incredible discovery in itself because the grave goods found with her were very-well preserved. But the woman's footwear has made her an Internet sensation.
Earlier this week, archaeologists in Mongolia released the first pictures of an ancient woman found in a burial site in the Altai Mountains of Siberia.
One picture, in particular, has created quite a sensation on the Internet, though. Most people forgot the historical and archaeological value of the find after they noticed the woman appeared to be wearing a pair of very modern Addidas boots, writes the Daily Mail.
The 1 500 -year-old mummy was wrapped in a layer of felt.
The 1,500 -year-old mummy was wrapped in a layer of felt.
Khovd Museum
A number of Facebook and Twitter users in their comments claimed the woman must be a "time-traveller," although it was written in a "tongue-in-cheek" sort of way. One Twitter user jokingly quipped: "Must be a time traveller. I knew we would dig one up sooner or later," and another added: "Huh? Time-travelling Mummy? Corpse interfered with?"
In all seriousness, the find of what is being called a "complete burial" of a Turkik person, man or woman is rather astonishing. "It is the first complete Turkik burial at least in Mongolia - and probably in all Central Asia," archaeologist B. Sukhbaatar from Khovd Museum in Mongolia told The Siberian Times. "This is a very rare phenomenon. These finds show us the beliefs and rituals of Turkiks."
Khovd Museum
The mummy and her grave goods
The mummy was found at the bottom of a 3-meters (9.8 feet) deep grave at an altitude of 2,803 meters (9,196 feet). The woman's body was wrapped in felt and this covering will not be removed until archaeologists unwrap the mummy to confirm its gender. It is thought the mummy is of a woman because of the lack of a bow in the grave, an article that was always buried with a man.
In a book written by Romanian scholar Victor Spinei about the Turkik people, he writes: "When a man died, the survivors dug a pit as large as a house, in which they laid the deceased holding in his hand a wooden cup filled with a drink, as well as his belt, bow, and money. ... Following that, the dead man’s horses were killed, the number of horses sacrificed being an indication of his personal wealth."
The mummy was buried with four cotton coats, an embroidered saddle, and bridle, a clay vase, wooden bowl, trough, iron kettle, pillows, a sheep's head, and a felt travel bag. Inside this pack were sheep parts, goat bones, and a small leather bag for the cup. There was also the complete remains of one horse, indicating the mummy was not from the elite, or for that matter a man. The following picture shows the bridal, still very -well preserved.
Khovd Museum
We can see clearly that the horse was deliberately sacrificed," Sukhbaatar said. "It was a mare, between four and eight years old."
"An interesting thing we found is that not only sheep wool was used, but also camel wool," adds Sukhbaatar. "We can date the burial by the things we have found there, also the type of hat. It gives us a preliminary date of around the 6th century AD."
The Turkik people of Central Asia
What is most interesting is the skill and time that went into the designs of the clothing and accessories. Some of the scientists suggest that even though the articles are 1,500 years old, they appear to be eerily familiar to us. The same can be said of the saddle and bridal. It is very familiar to us and anyone would know just how to use the gear.
Khovd Museum
While the woman's boots are not the popular Adidas we are familiar with, they do show the high level of skill the Turkik people employed in their handiwork. According to historians, during the 6th century A.D., the Turkiks were also considered to be skilled metallurgists, too.
The top of Belukha in the Altai Mountains in Mongolia is shown here. The mountain range is thought t...
The top of Belukha in the Altai Mountains in Mongolia is shown here. The mountain range is thought to be the birthplace of the Turkic people.
Vít Hněvkovský
The Turkic people represent a broad ethnolinguistic group of peoples that inhabit central, eastern, northern, and western Asia as well as parts of eastern Europe. The first mention of them was in the Chinese reference to the Göktürks in the 6th century A.D, The Chinese called them "Turks." A letter by Ishbara Qaghan to Emperor Wen of Sui in 585 described him as "the Great Turk Khan."
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