Unique crouched burials for this period – comprising seriously ill quartet – presents archeologists with a puzzle.
The find of four graves from the 11th century site Yur-Yakha III are unlike anything else seen from this era in Yamal, say scientists. Two of the dead were young women aged around 18 to 20 and all had ‘serious diseases’.
The burials were in a crouched position and there are suggestions that rituals, perhaps even sacrifices, were involved in the deaths of these nomads with significant health problems.
Story: Tamara Zubchuk, The Siberian Times | Photos: Andrey Plekhanov