The mummified remains were found lying next to each other, buried strictly along a North to South line, with their feet turned to river. The bodies were wrapped into cocoons of birch bark and thick fabric, origins of which we will know after laboratory tests. The adult’s cocoon was covered from head to toe with copper plates. The baby’s cocoon was covered with small fragments of copper cauldron.
It’s still unknown why the remains might have been bound in copper before burial, but like nearly all things archaeological, it was likely “ceremonial in nature.” But who knows? Perhaps it was to prevent them from returning as zombies. Similar anti-undead burial practices have been discovered around the globe.
The mummies have been excavated carefully along with as much of the surrounding soil as possible in order to preserve their condition; they will be taken to laboratories for further analysis and study.
These mummies are adding to a growing body of archaeological evidence which suggests Siberia was once home to unknown culturally rich, technologically advanced civilizations about which we are only now beginning to learn. As long as all those deadly methane bubbles (or the new world war brewing) don’t reduce the whole region to a smoldering mess, we might soon have a whole new mysterious chapter of human history to explore.