Archaeologists discovered partial remains of a female who is believed to have died some 1,500-years ago, nearly 10,000 feet high in the Altai Mountains.
So far, experts have found only one hand and the woman’s feet. But it is what is on them that has created shock.
The woman was also buried with a horse
It is the first Turkik burial to be discovered in Central Asia, and the authorities have already answered a lot of questions.
B. Sukhbaatar, researcher at Khovd Museum, told the Siberian Times: “This person was not from elite, and we believe it was likely a woman, because there is no bow in the tomb.
“Now we are carefully unwrapping the body and once this is complete the specialists will be able to say more precisely about the gender.”
Only her hands and feet have been found so far
Also found with her remains were a saddle, bridle, clay vase, wooden bowl, trough, iron kettle, and an entire horse.
Sukhbaatar continued: “It is the first complete Turkik burial at least in Mongolia – and probably in all Central Asia. This is a very rare phenomenon.
“These finds show us the beliefs and rituals of Turkiks.
“We can see clearly that the horse was deliberately sacrificed. 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.
“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 height and “the cool temperatures helped to preserve the grave”.
He added: “The grave was three meters deep.
“The finds show us that these people were very skilled craftsmen.
“Given that this was the grave of a simple person, we understand that craft skills were rather well developed.”