The Altai authorities have now declared the remote mountain area from where the princess and her kinsmen were buried as a 'zone of peace' where no more excavations will take place, despite the near-certain treasures lying in the permafrost.
Such work amounts to plundering, they believe.
To Molodin, who found the male mummy several years after the princess, this deprives the world of a valuable scientific inheritance. He argues, too, that the issue is critical since global warming means the ancient bodies will decay.
Scientists reckon there are thousands of burial mounds here, hundreds of which date to the Pazyryk period, many of which may contain answers to questions about where we come from.
By all means let's let this unique repository of information about human history be destroyed because of vague notions of "peace." Do not disturb the Spirits or the wolves will come and chew on our faces at night!
Ancestors? 2,500 years? They're just as likely to be my ancestors!
Forktine: How old do the bodies have to be before the contemporary ideas about death of the local people can be casually overridden?
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