THE BURIAL OF A NOBLE PAZYRYK WOMAN N.V. POLOSMAK In the summer of 1993 a burial-mound of the Pazyryk Culture containing a 'frozen' grave was investigated on the Ukok Plateau in the Altai Republic (within the Russian Federation).' The stones on top of burial-mound No. I (diameter approximately 18 metres, height approximately 57 cms) in the Ak-Alakh 3 burial- ground had been damaged long before the excavations, when a border defence system had been erected involving a double barbed-wire fence. The grave-pit was rectangular in shape and measured 5 x 4 metres: it was in the centre of the mound. In the tightly packed in-fill looters' inroads could be clearly traced, which had subsequently been filled in with large stones. At a depth of 1.2 metres the looters had lighted upon the grave that was covered over with stone slabs. After moving the slabs they had pulled out the corpse of the deceased and taken away everything that had been with the corpse or on it. Assuming that this one had been the only or main burial in the mound they had not attempted to penetrate any deeper. This was how the secondary burial had saved the main one
Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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