I was fascinated to read this morning in the Moscow Times that
scientists have unearthed 1,000 year old remains of Siberian persons
clad in "copper masks, hoops & plates" . The remains are mummified
due to the dry permafrost. Fascinating read as the burial included
warriors and weaponry as well as "protective magic" items such as
tiny bird and humanoid figurines.
I am curious to find out about the copper masks, beads and
vestements and which are funerary and which ornamental. Also, the
article notes that the best preserved mummy was covered head to toe
in copper plate. I am going to go off looking for pictures of the
excavation, it's terribly exciting.
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