Incredible mummy of a ‘polar princess’ unearthed close to the Arctic Circle after 900 years

The incredible mummy of a ‘polar princess’ has been unearthed at the edge of the Arctic with her long eyelashes and hair still intact after 900 years.

Member of a mysterious medieval hunting and fishing civilisation, she was the only woman buried around three dozen men in permafrost in the 12th century. Scientists are baffled.

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The face of the polar princess. The green tinge on her face is from the fragments of a copper kettle that would protect her in the afterlife. via The Sierian Times

Aged around 35, she was the only woman buried around almost three dozen men, and the detail on her accidentally mummified remains is astonishing.

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Unearthed on the edge of the Arctic, she is the only woman so far found in an otherwise all-male necropolis, buried in a cocoon of copper and fur. via The Sierian Times

She was a member of a mysterious medieval hunting and fishing civilisation that held sway in this polar region, but had connections to Persia.

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The mummy was dug up by archaeologists in the Zeleny Yar burial site near Salekhard, Russia. via The Sierian Times

Archaeologists are puzzled why she is the only adult female found in the necropolis, and had earlier thought this was an all male burial ground.

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The polar princess has long eyelashes, a full head of hair – and impressive teeth. via The Sierian Times

It could mean she was an elite member of her society.

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The mysterious polar beauty was around 155 centimetres tall – 5ft 1 inch. via The Sierian Times

A small baby found in a grave nearby – also probably female – is not believed to be related to this middle ages mummy.

Another frozen mummy from a mysterious and forgotten civilisation found in Siberia.

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