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1,500-year-old mummy wearing well preserved boots unwrapped in Mongolia

AKIPRESS.COM - Archaeologists in Mongolia are slowly unwrapping the mummy of a suspected ancient woman found preserved in the Altai Mountains, the media reports say.

So far only one hand and her feet in modern-looking boots are visible, but experts believe the find dates to around 1,500 years ago.

It also appears to be the first complete Turkic burial in Central Asia and the remains were found at an altitude of 9,200ft (2,803 metres), Daily Mail reported.

Researcher B.Sukhbaatar, from Khovd Museum, said: 'This person was not from the elite, and we believe it was likely a woman, because there is no bow in the tomb.

'Now we are carefully unwrapping the body, and once this is complete the specialists will be able to say more precisely about the gender.'

A host of possessions were found in the grave, offering a unique insight into life in Mongolia in around the 6th century AD. 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.

The first Turkic people occupied a region from Central Asia to Siberia from the 6th century BC.

The first mention of Turks was in a Chinese text that made reference to Turk tribes and Sogdians along the Silk Road.

The Turkic people developed their own alphabets, had their own language and are known for a number of symbols including wolves and the colour blue.

In fact, some reports claim the word Turquoise originates from the word Turkish.

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