- Pazyryk culture
The Pazyryk culture (ca.
5th century BC) refers to an archaeological cultureidentified by excavated artifacts and mummified humans found in the Siberian permafrostin the Altay Mountains. The mummies are buried in long barrows (or " kurgans") similar to the tomb mounds of western Scythian culture in modern Ukraine. Archaeologists associate the sites with the Pazyryk of the steppe, an ancient people of the region near the Ukok Plateauin the Altay Mountains, where the first remains were found.cite web
title=Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden
publisher=PBS - NOVA
accessdate=2007-07-31] Many artifacts have been found at this location, including the Ice Princess, indicating a flourishing culture at this location that benefited from the many trade routes and caravans of merchants passing through the area. [cite web
title=Prehistoric Art - Early Nomads of the Altaic Region
publisher=The Hermitage Museum
Some of the vessels excavated from the tombs are similar to ones still in use today by indigenous groups.
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