Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a mummified baby thought to have been buried 1,500 years ago in the Altai Mountains of Siberia.
“There was no earth in a tightly shut box that was the tomb of the baby, and the body had been isolated in this air chamber for more than 1,500 years,” a statement from the Gorno-Altaisk State University read.
The child – whose gender has not been identified – is thought to have been mummified by accident when its stone coffin was sealed and became airtight.
Experts claim the child’s DNA may give clues to a mysterious mountain people that lived in the region and were thought to be ancestors of Attila the Hun.
Archaeologist Dr Nikita Konstantinov, from Gorno-Altaisk State University, said: ‘This was a baby, maybe one-month-old, possibly even newborn.
‘The gender is unknown as yet.
‘The child was buried in a separate small burial mound located between the mounds of two adults, probably the parents.’ Konstantinov told DailyMail
Experts believe they eventually went on to help form the Hun tribes later led by Attila the Hun.
It is hoped genetic information from the mummified child may finally help to answer whether they really were related to the Hun.
Source: Daily Mail