The first layer was hiding shrines of the Iron Age, but beneath it the scientists found something older. Same as with Pazyryk mounds robbed earlier, the moist inside was frozen and helped to preserve the shrine. The burial chamber was opened in stages, during several days, melting the ice down and keeping safety. It was worth it – the scientists found remains of six horses with saddles and harness, household goods and an iced larch coffin nailed with bronze nails. There was a mummy inside. She was wearing a fur coat, white silk shirt, maroon woolen skirt and woolen socks, laying on the side with legs bent to her chest. Her hands were covered in tattoos and a complicated hairdo was almost 1 meter high.
The studies showed that the woman died in 450 year BC. She was no older than 25 and died because of breast cancer. The genetic investigation showed that she was from Ural people – just like many mummies of Pazyryk culture. It proved the theory that the ancient Scythians of Siberian south had more than Indoeuropean blood. But don't forget Ural people are not those who live in Ural mountains – they are Ural family, the nations like Selkups, Hungarians, Estonians, Kets, Mansi, Maris, Udmurs, Komis and Finnish people. All together Pazyryk culture people had three anthropologic types: European with a long and wide face, and two Mongolian types – with short and long faces.
The furniture in the shrine tells us about royal blood in Ukok mummy. But often called a princess, she was not actually one. In Pazyryk you might find people of much higher society. Due to circumstances and the trend of everything mysterious and spiritual in the 90s, the mummy of Ukok was made a modern myth and now many barely scientific information can be found connected to her. For example, some people claim, that the discovery of the mummy caused the earthquake. Or someone called her 'Ak Kadyn' meaning 'white mistress'. She couldn't have a turk name, in fact, and neither was she an ancestor of Altai people; first of all, because a hundred years after her death Pazyryks were pushed away by future Huns and then the Scythian chapter of Altai history was over.
The mummy is kept in the new hall of the National museum in Gorno-altaysk where a special mummy case has necessary temperature and humidity. All together Ukok has 150 archaeological monuments of different periods in history like Bertek petroglyphs in Kyzyl-Tas mount where you can find more than 120 characters. Some travelers imagine geoglyphs on the plateau – giant patterns that can be seen from the high only, like the ones in Naska in Peru. But the scientists don't really open up about many discoveries and logical conclusions.