|When she was around 20 years old, she became ill with breast cancer. It eventually killed her. She was very high status and was buried in a separate mound, rather than a line of family tombs. |
Locals claim that her presence in the burial chamber was ‘to bar the entrance to the kingdom of the dead’. By removing this mummy, the elders contend that ‘the entrance remains open’. Today she rests in a specially-built museum in the city of Gorno-Altaisk, capital of the Altai Republic.
|She belonged to a tribe called the Pzyryks, close relatives of the Scythians.|