'2,000-year-old mummy found in Russia'

'2,000-year-old mummy found in Russia'

Archaeologists have discovered the naturalised remains of a mummy, dating back about 2,000 years, in an ancient reservoir in Russia.

According to the researchers from St Petersburg's Institute of History of Material Culture, the remains found in an ancient gravesite near the Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam belong to a mummified young girl.

They also found a belt with beads and a buckle made of jet, a vase resembling those used by Huns of the period, and a box made of birch wood that held a small mirror, 'Phys.org' reported.

The Huns lived in parts of what is now modern China and Siberia almost 2,000 years ago, the researchers noted.

They were migratory, and previous studies have shown they tended to mix with local people.

Initial examination of the mummified remains revealed patches of skin, soft tissue and cloth remnants that appeared to be made of silk.

The researchers noted that the clothing and materials in the grave indicate the girl was likely a nomadic Hun - likely one of high regard and could have been part of the nobility.

They also suggest that the vase contained what appeared to be a funeral meal and that a sack of pine nuts had been placed on her chest. 

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