Gazprom to fund new home for ice maiden

ST PETERSBURG. Russia’s largest company, the energy giant Gazprom, will spend $11m to build a new wing at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Novosibirsk to house a tomb for the 2,400-year old Siberian ice woman known as the Altai Princess or the Siberian Ice Maiden. The tomb will be encased in glass to allow public viewing, and have a sophisticated climate control system to prevent decay. The well-preserved body was discovered in 1993 in Siberia’s mountainous Altai region. The decision to build a new home for the ice maiden follows years of protests from Altai residents who want her body returned home. Many residents accept the teaching of local shamans, and believe the region’s increased seismic activity is due to supernatural anger over the maiden’s removal. J.V.

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