From the inside the mummy was filled with herbs and roots. Her head was completely shaved, and she wore a horse hair wig. 'On top of the wig there was a symbol of the tree of life - a stick made from felt, wrapped with black tissue and decorated with small figures of birds in golden foil. 'On the front of the wig, like a cockade, was attached a wooden carving of deer.
the tattoos on the male warrior. When you imagine the distant past, you have to remember that tattooing is very ancient and has been practiced by a majority of the known human societies. So besides dressing everyone in silly hats, you have to give many of them elaborate tattoos.
This is in the news because various indigenous people in Kazakhstan and Siberia have protested that the princess remains in a museum and demanded that she be reburied. One leader quoted in the Siberian Times said that his region is experiencing frequent small earthquakes, which he thinks will continue until the princess receives a proper burial:
She may be a mummy but her soul survives, and they say a shaman communicated with her and she asked to go home. That's what the people want, too. . . . We're having earth tremors two or three times a week. People think this will go on as long as the princess's spirit is not allowed to rest in peace.But at a recent meeting on the matter, the lead Russian archaeologist wasn't having it:
Drachevsky travelled to Kosh-Agach and told residents that the mummies would not be returned, saying they were serving important scientific purposes, and that he was 'simply uncomfortable hearing about angry spirits, as if we were living in the Middle Ages'.here and here.