Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old mummy in Mongolia

By Lim Chang-won Posted : October 16, 2017, 18:00 Updated : October 16, 2017, 18:00

[Courtesy of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage]

Archaeologists have discovered the mummy of an ancient man believed to be buried in the 1st century AD in a tomb in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, according to a South Korean state research institute.

The mummy of a man about 165 to 170 centimeters tall was found from one of the ancient tombs in the Shiveet Khairhan region where South Korean and Mongolian archaeologists have launched a joint research in May and June, the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage said in a statement.

The man wrapped in a Chinese-style robe was found lying flat, the institute said, adding some part of his skin texture and the upper part of the clothes were retrieved. 
The robe was known to have been used by people in the central districts of China and age dating showed it was 2,000 years old.

The institute has conducted a study of correlation between ancient mound tombs found in Mongolia and in South Korea.  The mummy's clothes, now kept at a Mongolian archaeological research center, would be brought into South Korea this month for DNA analysis.

The institute said it would research the mummy while carrying out surveys on the Mongolian region in an effort to "reveal the exchange patterns of Eurasian ancient culture".

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