There's nothing I love better than a good revenge story, and a revenge story that involves a 2,500 year old Siberian Princess with some killer tattoos makes it especially interesting. If you didn't know already, I have a bit of an archaeology fetish, but when you put real life archaeology together with the wrath of the dead? I'm definitely paying attention.
The Mail Online is reporting that the remains of a 2,500 year old mummified Siberian princess are set to be reburied because native groups in the Altai Mountains, where the mummy was taken from, are claiming that her excavation is the cause of widespread floods and earthquakes in the area. The Council of Elders in Altai - representing native Siberians in the region - have passed a vote to rebury her remains, a decision accepted by the local governor.
Campaigners have claimed that the recent flooding in Altai - the worst in 50 years - and a series of earthquakes are the result of the mummy's ancient anger at the grave being excavated. A ban has now been imposed on further archeological digs in other burial mounds in the remote area where her remains were found.
More about 'Princess Ukok': The tattooed corpse of the 25-year-old woman was mummified in permafrost. Excavated in 1993, the discovery of her grave has led to a leap in understanding of the Pazyryk people who lived in this remote mountainous region and was seen as 'one of the most significant archeological discoveries at the close of the 20th century'.
Buried around the body were six horses, saddled and bridled, her spiritual escorts to the next world, and a symbol of her evident status, possibly as a revered folk tale narrator, a healer or a holy woman. Also buried with 'the Princess' was a meal of sheep and horse meat and ornaments made from felt, wood, bronze and gold. Some accounts, also suggest she was found with a small container of cannabis, along with a stone plate on which were the burned seeds of coriander.
The mummy's tattoos are further proof of her status in her tribe: a deer with a griffon's beak and massive antlers, decorated with the heads of griffons. The same griffon's head is shown on the back of the animal. The mouth of a spotted panther with a long tail is seen with the legs of a sheep. She also has a deer's head on her wrist, with big antlers, the animal's body on a thumb on her left hand.
Dr Polosmak said: 'Compared to all tattoos found by archeologists 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.'
The scientists who found Princess Ukok also discovered that she had a shaved head and wore a large elaborate headdress. Also buried with her was a cosmetic brush made from horse hair, and a fragment of an 'eyeliner pencil'
I feel like the Princess and I would have gotten along REALLY well. Two chicks with tattoos, shaved heads and a thing for makeup and a taste for vengeance? I was born in the wrong time.
What's creepy about this: Local peoples from the Altai Republic, which borders Kazakhstan and Mongolia, say the presence of the mummy - also known as Ooch-Bala - in the burial chamber was 'to bar the entrance to the kingdom of the dead'. By removing the mummified corpse the elders contend that 'the entrance remains open'.
Campaigners in support of burial complained that 'naked and defenseless, Ooch-Bala is freezing from inexplicable shame'.
In short, the Princess is PISSED.
Sadly, the mummy is considered the property of the museum, and the move and repatriation is likely to require validation by the Russian Ministry of Culture in Moscow.
What do YOU think? Local superstition, or something a little more sinister?
(Source: Daily Mail)