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They want a 2,500-year-old mummy, found by Russian archaeologists 11 years ago and being studied in the Siberian capital of Novosibirsk, to be reinterred without delay.Egged on by powerful shamans who local people believe act as go-betweens with the heavenly spirits, they say only the mummy's reburial will put an end to a rash of earthquakes and other problems assailing the region. When her ornately tattooed body was found entombed in ice in an ancient burial chamber, the find was acclaimed as one of the most important in Russia's recent history.Mummy specialists from Moscow - who were more used to embalming the body of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin - were brought in to restore the Princess.
The 'Ice Maiden's', well-preserved body, was carefully embalmed using peat and bark, it is believe she was arranged in the coffin to lie on her side as if asleep, it is possible she may have died in this position and rigor mortis may have already occued. This has caused considerable conflict of a racial nature.
The 'Ice Maiden' began deteriorating after being exposed to air and thawing out, she started to go mouldy. The people of the region believe that several natural disaster were caused by archeologist disturbing and removing the 'Ice Maiden'.
The campaign to rebury the Ice Maiden began soon after a strong earthquake hit the region last September, destroying many buildings.
Aulkhan Djatkambayev, the head of the Kosh-Agach administration in the Southern Altai region, is a leading proponent of the cause."People say the failure to rebury the mummy has brought a string of misfortunes and I respect their opinions," he said.
Shamanism is still strong in the Altai mountains and one local leader said the mummy's "spirit" had to be appeased.