After 17 years of research, the famous "Princess of Ukok" returned to Russia's Altai on September 20. The armored sarcophagus with the remains of the mummy was flown from Novosibirsk by Mi-8 helicopter.
Scientific expedition under the chairmanship of Novosibirsk-based archaeologist Natalya Polosmak found the mummy in 1993. The ancient human remains were discovered in the burial mount of Scythian era on Ukok plateau, near the border with Mongolia, the Voice of Russia says. The mummy is more than 2.5 thousand years old.
Local shamans predicted that if the mummy is not returned by 2014, a terrible disaster would strike all of Russia. Noteworthy, the Altai region experienced quite a number of disasters during the time when the "princess" was away from her "homeland."