Mummy "Altai Princess", which was found by archaeologists in Novosibirsk in 1993 in the Altai Republic and taken away in Novosibirsk, may be transferred to a museum in the Altai until 2012 — that by this time the republic's authorities are hoping to prepare for the reception of a unique archaeological find National Museum of the Anokhin Gorno-Altai, told RIA Novosti on Friday, the museum's director Rima Erkinova.
Date of transportation of the mummy in the Gorno-Altaisk from Novosibirsk continually delayed. Earlier, the authorities of the Republic reported that the mummy could be moved in 2010, then called in 2011.
According to the director of the museum, the reason is that you can not complete the reconstruction of the museum, which began in 2009.
"It's a long, complicated process (renovation of the museum)," — explained Erkinova, adding that now planned to complete the reconstruction and create the necessary conditions for the storage of the mummy in the end of 2012. Only then it can be moved from Novosibirsk.
Mausoleum built for Princess by the rules of the burial mound
Reconstruction of the museum in the Gorno-Altaisk began after authorities Altai concluded with JSC "Gazprom", which is sold in a number of social projects in the region, the agreement on gratuitous allocation of 250 million rubles for these works. Today, this money has already been spent.
The reconstruction project includes the construction of an extension to the building of the museum, a kind of mausoleum, in the shape of the burial mound, going down into which visitors can see the sarcophagus with a mummy "Altai Princess".
The reconstruction project of the Altai mining museum was estimated at 742 million rubles. That is required to complete the reconstruction of another 492 million rubles.
According to RIA Novosti Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Altai Natalia Saymina in charge of the reconstruction of the museum, at the end of 2010 the head of the Altai Alexander Berdnikov got on "Gazprom" confirm that in 2011, the republic will receive funds to continue the renovation of the museum. This gave the authorities Altai hope that mummy can be recovered in the next two years.
Unique mummy I millennium BC, discovered in 1993 on the Ukok plateau on the border with Mongolia, was the cause of the prolonged conflict between scientists and the authorities of the Republic of Altai. Archaeologists gave mummy to study in the laboratory of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, where it remains to this day. Republic — both its public and government — pushed the fact that she was kept in the Altai.
However, scientists have categorically refused to do so, citing the fact that the country does not have the storage conditions of this unique archaeological site.
Princess Ukok protects the Earth from harm, sure Altai
With the most mummy Many legends and conjectures. In particular, indigenous Altai people who believe in pagan mythology, believe that the mummy yavoyaetsya their ancestor, as scientists have angered the spirits. Occurred shortly after the excavations of archaeologists earthquake they are directly linked to disturbed the spirit of "Altai Princess" and argue that, if the mummy is not back in, followed by new disasters.
In 2010, the Novosibirsk researchers said they would pass the mummy in the Altai, thus putting an end to the protracted conflict. Deputy director of the Novosibirsk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography Vyacheslav Molodin previously reported RIA Novosti that the mummy back to the Altai, "because the people there want to see it, the more that the science has been done a lot."