Remains of the Golden Man will be reburied in 2019
The remains of the Golden Man will be reburied this year. Scientists say that this is the only way to protect the artifact in the hope of continuing research in the future. The bones are planned to be placed in a special capsule and be buried in accordance with the ancient Saka traditions. For a long time, the remains had been considered lost. Only recently they have been found in archives of the Institute of Forensic Evaluation of the Yesik city. They were found in a typical box of photo paper. Only the inscription proves the fact that the box contains a valuable artifact. The inscription was written carelessly.
YERMEK DZHASYBAYEV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ‘ISSYK’ MUSEUM-RESERVE:
- The bones are poorly preserved. For nearly 50 years, they had been stored in the box and exposed to modern bacteria and viruses which have already penetrated the bone remains. Therefore, in general, there is no longer a way to read the entire inscription. If we could have a skull and at least a tooth, there could be a chance. The tooth gives complete DNA information.
Unfortunately, not all the bones found were preserved, and there is no skull of the Golden Man. Experts believe that a repeated, more thorough analysis of DNA of the remains could still shed light on many of secrets of history. Danish scientists are ready to conduct the research.
DOSYM ZIKIRIYA, RESEARCH SECRETARY, ‘ISSYK’ MUSEUM-RESERVE:
- We perceive the Golden Man not as a person who really existed, but as a mythical character. However, this person really existed. Archaeologists discovered his remains and determined the time when he lived and his status. Kemal Akishev, who made the major discovery of the 20th century, conducted detailed studies on the Golden Man. The DNA test would allow us to get comprehensive information on many aspects, including diseases that the young prince had.
The discovery of the 20th century, known as the Kazakh Tutankhamun, attracts the attention of the entire world. If in the last century, the Golden Man’s clothing was of interest, in the 21st century the young man became a research object.