A 13-year-old 'Amazon warrior' who was buried along with her weapons 2,600 years ago has finally been identified as female 30 years after being unearthed in Siberia.
The remains of the warrior — who had a wart on her face — were found at Saryg-Bulun, in the Tuva republic, in 1988 and assumed to have belonged to a young man.
However, genetic analysis revealed that the partially-mummified corpse — which was wrapped in a fur coat — was nothing of the sort.
According to experts, the 'stunning' revelation brings to mind ancient accounts of the skilled and ruthless young female warriors of the Scythian civilisation.
These nomadic people — famed for their mastery of mounted warfare — arose in southern Siberia and lived between around 900–200 BC.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates — who lived from around 460–370 BC — wrote of the Scythians that 'their women — so long …