Archaeologists in Mongolia reportedly unearthed 1,500-year-old human remains, believed to be of Turkik origin.
The remains were believed to be that of a female, and were wrapped in felt when they were found in the Altai Mountains.
“This person was not from elite, and we believe it was likely a woman, because there is no bow in the tomb,” Khovd Museum researcher B. Sukhbaatar told the Siberian Times.
“Now we are carefully unwrapping the body and once this is complete the specialists will be able to say more precisely about the gender.”
Among the human remains were a saddle, a bridle, a wooden bowl, a clay vase, a trough, an iron kettle and the remains of a horse. There were also reportedly pillows, a sheep’s head and a travel bag.
“'It is the first complete Turkik 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 Turkiks,” Sukhbaatar said.
“We can see clearly that the horse was deliberately sacrificed. It was a mare, between 4 and 8 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.”
Photos of the mummy quickly went viral, but not for a positive reason. Many viewers questioned a photo showing the mummy’s shoes, which look like Adidas brand footwear.
“Great marketing tool for Adidas!” one reader commented on RT.
Others defended the photos as real, and rejected the notion it was a marketing ploy.
“The easiest explanation is that those were traditional shoewear. The rest is in the eyes of the beholder, and Adidas must be extremely happy for the huge and free publicity!” one commenter wrote.