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ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND TATTOOED MUMMY
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[ August 26th 2006 ]

A team of archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved, 2,500-year-old mummy frozen in the snow-capped mountains of Mongolia complete with blond hair, tattoos and a felt hat, Agence France Presse reports. The Scythian warrior was found in June at a height of 2,600 meters in the Altay Mountains in an intact burial mound or kurgan.

Hermann Parzinger - president of the German Archaeological Institute which spearheaded the search - said that until now remains of the Scythians, who were Iranian nomadic peoples, had only been found on the Russian side of the Altays. He said the new find showed that their territory was much broader than first thought.

Scythians lived in confederated tribes, a political form of voluntary association which regulated pastures and organized a common defence against encroaching neighbours for the pastoral tribes of mostly equestrian herdsmen.

While the productivity of domesticated animal breeding was much higher than of the settled agricultural societies, the pastoral economy also needed a supplemental agricultural produce, and stable nomadic confederations developed either symbiotic, or forced alliances with sedentary peoples, in exchange for animal produce and military protection. (Wikipedia)

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