A Siberian mummy, known as the Ukok Princess, has been revealed in Russia. One of the most notable characteristics of the mummy, was the intricate tattoos that adorned her body. There was also a man that was found close to the Princess, who was also covered with similar tattoos.

According to the lead researcher, “Compared to all tattoos found by archaeologists around the world, those on the mummies of the Pazyryk people are the most complicated, and the most beautiful. More ancient tattoos have been found, like the Ice Man found in the Alps – but he only had lines, not the perfect and highly artistic images one can see on the bodies of the Pazyryks. It is a phenomenal level of tattoo art. Incredible.’ said Dr Polosmak. Of the mummies that were found, all of the mummies who had only one tattoo, had it on their left shoulders. According to Dr. Polosmak, he believed that, “its linked to the body composition… as the left shoulder is the place where it is noticeable most, where it looks the most beautiful. Nothing changes with years, the body stays the same, and the person making a tattoo now is getting closer to his ancestors than he or she may realize.”


The tattoo culture is often looked at as a recent social phenomenon, but as proven by this discovery, this might not necessarily be true. It seems that tattoos have long been used as a form of decoration and artistic expression. As time changes, our innate behaviors do not. We are still embracing the ways of our ancestors and continuing to beautify ourselves with tattoos. Her body has now been returned “home” to a mausoleum at the Republican National Museum. If you are located in the Altai Republic or would like to make a trip to see the Princess, you can view the mummy and her tattoos in a glass sarcophagus at the museum. To read more about this story, please visit https://siberiantimes.com/culture/others/features/siberian-princess-reveals-her-2500-year-old-tattoos/


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