An opened mummy has been discovered by scientists at Zeleny Yar necropolis, an ancient civilization near the edge of the Siberian Arctic.
Zeleny Yar is a chilling 20 miles from the Arctic Circle, and researchers still have no idea who these people are or what they were doing there. Their only known information is that the civilization had some sort of connection with Persia.
This mummification was produced accidentally, as the birch bark coffin the human is wrapped with contains copper which created a natural preservation of the body inside.
Alexander Gusev from the Siberian Times said that mummies are sometimes created naturally because they are buried with jewelry and sheets that contain copper in them. Copper stops the body from oxidizing, so when it was combined with the frozen temperatures of North Siberia, a perfect environment for preserving a body was made.
The remains are believed to be of a child or a teen from as early as the 12th or 13th century AD.
After much consultation, researchers decided to take the entire body as a whole without opening it first in the field. They will take it back to the city to carry out a full analysis.
The mummy is still unopened and currently in a freezer at the Shmanovsky Museum in Salekhard. They plan to open their finds starting July 15.