1,500-year-old ancient mummy wearing ‘Adidas shoes’ found by researchers in Mongolia

October 28, 2017 3:12 pm Last Updated: October 28, 2017 3:12 pm

A 1,500-year-old ancient mummy found in Central Asia seems to be wearing a pair of “Adidas shoes,” looking like something quite modern in style. Along with the mummy, numerous possessions were also found, which could give archeologists some understanding of the beliefs and rituals of the Turks of ancient times.

In 2016, archeologists were informed by local herdsmen about an ancient burial site located in the Altai Mountains in Central Asia at an altitude of 9,200 feet, The Siberian Times reported last year.

The archeologists believe that the finding of the first complete Turkik burial will help them gain a deeper understanding of the native Turks of ancient Mongolia, especially with the possessions found along with the mummy, such as the so-called “Adidas shoes” worn on the mummy’s feet.

“The felt boots are knee length, the soles are leather, and the toecap has stitched stripes in bright red colors. With these stripes, when the find was made public, they were dubbed as similar to Adidas shoes with the three stripes,” Galbadrakh Enkhbat, director of the Centre of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia, described of the mummy’s footwear to The Siberian Times in April, 2017.

“In this sense, they are an interesting object of study for ethnographers, especially so when the style is very modern,” he added.

As the mummy was located high up in the mountains, “the cool temperatures helped to preserve the grave,” B. Sukhbaatar, a researcher at Khovd Museum in Mongolia said.

“This person was not from elite, and we believe it was likely a woman, because there is no bow in the tomb. Now we are carefully unwrapping the body and once this is complete the specialists will be able to say more precisely about the gender,” said Sukhbaatar, of the mummy.

Apart from the human remains, they also found a bridle, clay vase, wooden bowl, saddle, iron kettle, Mongolian coats (Dool), remains of an entire horse, and many more items.

“We can see clearly that the horse was deliberately sacrificed,” Sukhbaatar said. “It was a mare, between four and eight years old.

“Four coats we found were made of cotton. An interesting thing we found is that not only sheep wool was used, but also camel wool.

“We can date the burial by the things we have found there, also the type of hat. It gives us a preliminary date of around the 6th century AD.”

The museum researcher then added: “The finds show us that these people were very skilled craftsmen. Given that this was the grave of a simple person, we understand that craft skills were rather well developed.”

Photo credit: Khovd Museum.