A group of archaeologists found in the surroundings of the city of Yakutsk, in the Far East of Russia, the remains of a man who was buried in a birch bark coffin between the years 1480-1640 and was apparently “a dangerous dead “, that is to say, he was a suicide, a shaman or an outcast, according to a study recently published in the journal Vestnik arheologii, antropologii i etnografii.
According to the first analyzes, the skeleton belongs to a man in his 40s who was about 170 centimeters tall. The remains were on a birch bark mat and were covered with a rectangular-shaped cloth measuring 162 × 55 centimeters.
Scientists suggest that it was “a dangerous dead”, since the orientation of its head was directed towards the east (contrary to the traditional orientation) and the skeleton was upside down.
Likewise, this type of deceased was buried without any accompanying object, unlike the common dead, who used to be buried with weapons or handicrafts.