Pazyryk mummy burial, Central Asia

Pazyryk mummy burial, Central Asia

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Caption: Pazyryk mummy, Central Asian burial ground. The mummified body is seen at centre. The Pazyr or Pazyryk people are a nomadic people that inhabited the Ukok Plateau in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia, in the far south of Siberian Russia. Their burial mounds, called kurgans, date back to the Bronze Age, to around the 5th century BC. This mummy was discovered during excavations carried out by the archaeologist Sergey Rudenko in the 1920s. Photographed in 1974.

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