Mummy with 'adidas' footwear causes stir

The footwear worn by the corpse bears a striking resemblance to a popular present-day brand. Photo / Khovd Museum
The footwear worn by the corpse bears a striking resemblance to a popular present-day brand. Photo / Khovd Museum

Archaeologists in Mongolia have released the first photos of an ancient woman found preserved in the Altai Mountains.

But one picture in particular is causing a stir online after it appears the 1500-year-old mummy is wearing what appears to be adidas boots.

Commenters on Twitter and Facebook are claiming the woman must be a time traveller, albeit many in a jokey and tongue-in-cheek way.

Archaeologists believe the Turkik burial, the first found in Central Asia, will reveal details of ancient Mongolian life. Photo / Khovd Museum
Archaeologists believe the Turkik burial, the first found in Central Asia, will reveal details of ancient Mongolian life. Photo / Khovd Museum

The woman was studied by experts from Khovd Museum.

It appears to be the first complete Turkic burial in Central Asia and the remains were found at an altitude of 9200ft (2803m).

One Twitter user jokingly quipped: "Must be a time traveler. I knew we would dig one up sooner or later." Another added: "Huh? Time-travelling Mummy? Corpse interfered with?."

Meanwhile, Facebook users said: "Loooooool he's wearing a pair of gazelles," and "Well I must admit, I've got a few pair but I ain't had them that long."

Earlier this week, researcher B. Sukhbaatar, from the museum, said: "This person was not from the elite, and we believe it was likely a woman, because there is no bow in the tomb.

The site of the dig in Mongolia.
The site of the dig in Mongolia.

"Now we are carefully unwrapping the body, and once this is complete the specialists will be able to say more precisely about the gender."

A host of possessions were found in the grave, offering a unique insight into life in Mongolia in around the 6th century AD.

These included a saddle, bridle, clay vase, wooden bowl, trough, iron kettle, the remains of an entire horse, and ancient clothing.

There were also pillows, a sheep's head and felt travel bag in which were placed the whole back of a sheep, goat bones and small leather bag designed to carry a cup.

The first Turkic people occupied a region from Central Asia to Siberia from the 6th century BC.

The first mention of Turks was in a Chinese text that made reference to Turk tribes and Sogdians along the Silk Road.

The Turkic people developed their own alphabets, had their own language and are known for a number of symbols including wolves and the colour blue.

In fact, some reports claim the word Turquoise originates from the word Turkish.

The saddle next to the corpse was very well preserved. Photo / Khovd Museum
The saddle next to the corpse was very well preserved. Photo / Khovd Museum

Today, modern Turks live across Asia and eastern Europe.

In 2003, DNA analysis revealed skeletons found in a 2000-year-old tomb contained genes found in modern Turks.

Two years ago, archaeologists found what they believed to be the grave of a Turkic warrior also in the Altai Mountains.

Turks were buried with treasured possessions, known as 'grave goods' that they could take to the next world.

In this 2014 discovery, what appeared to be a Turkic warrior was buried with a musical instrument, alongside his horse.

It was not considered a complete burial due to the lack of other grave goods.

Commenting on the recent discovery, B. Sukhbaatar continued: "It is the first complete
Turkic burial at least in Mongolia - and probably in all Central Asia.

"This is a very rare phenomenon. These finds show us the beliefs and rituals of Turkics.

"We can see clearly that the horse was deliberately sacrificed. It was a mare, between four and eight years old.

"Four coats we found were made of cotton.

"An interesting thing we found is that not only sheep wool was used, but also camel wool. We can date the burial by the things we have found there, also the type of hat.

"It gives us a preliminary date of around the 6th century AD."

Archaeologists from the city museum in Khovd were alerted to the burial site by local herdsmen, reported The Siberian Times.

- Daily Mail

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