Mongolian mummy wearing Adidas boots 1100 years ago reveals an ordinary woman, buried with a cache of artifacts as part of religious symbolic ceremony.
A year after researchers first came across the so called Mongolian mummy wearing modern day footwear akin to Adidas striped boots, new details regarding the 30 something old woman are becoming apparent.
At the time of her discovery, the Mongolian woman believed to be between 30 and 40 at the time of her death, the result of a cataclysmic blow to her head, was discovered buried with her Adidas like boots along with a clutch bag.
Scientists say new photos revealing the woman was entombed with four changes of clothes and in clutch type purse possessed a comb and a mirror as part of a makeshift beauty kit.
Scientists claim the woman died after suffering a head wound up to 1,100 years ago in Mongolia’s Altai mountains. Initial speculation had the discovery placed at 1500 years.
The grave where the woman was buried was unearthed at an altitude of 9,200ft (2,803 meters).
Her remains – and those of an entire horse which was sacrificed and ram’s head which were buried alongside – were preserved remarkably well say scientists via a new report via the Siberian Times.
Some skin and hair is seen on her remains which were wrapped in felt.
Her trademark felt boots – boasting red and black stripes – have been carefully cleaned after a millennium in her burial chamber, with new pictures being showcased.
About the boots Galbadrakh Enkhbat, director of the Center of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia, said: ‘With these stripes, when the find was made public, they were dubbed similar to Adidas shoes.
‘In this sense, they are an interesting object of study for ethnographers, especially so when the style is very modern.’
And one local fashion expert. quoted by Siberian Times, said: ‘Overall they look quite kinky but stylish – I wouldn’t mind wearing them now in a cold climate.
‘Those high-quality stitches, the bright red and black stripes, the length – I would buy them now in no time.’
The high altitude and cold climate helped to preserve both the woman’s body and her belongings.
And a coating of Shilajit – a thick, sticky tar-like substance with a color ranging from white to dark brown – that covered her body aided this process.
But despite her seemingly lavish possessions archaeologists believe she was an ‘ordinary’ women of her time, rather than an aristocrat or royal, leading to the belief the Mongolian mommy was a local seamstress.
Reiterated Enkhbat: ‘Judging by what was found inside the burial, we guess that she was from an ordinary social strata,’
‘Various sewing utensils were found with her.
‘This is only our guess, but we think she could have been a seamstress.’
‘Inside (her bag) was the sewing kit and since the embroidery was on both the bag and the shoes, we can be certain that the embroidery was done by locals.’
Told the researcher during an April 2016 interview with the Siberian Times: ‘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.
‘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.
A host of possessions were found in the grave, lending unique insights into life in medieval Mongolia.
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.
Archaeologists from the city museum in Khovd were alerted to the burial site by local herdsmen noted the dailymail.
The Altai Mountains – where the burial was discovered – unite Siberia, in Russia, and Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.