Science: Funeral in the Altai

The fierce Huns and Mongols and Tatars who once swept out of central Asia seemed hardly human to their victims. Few civilized people cared how the devils on horseback might live in their faraway homelands, and little is known of the invaders today.

Last week excited Soviet archeologists were studying a burial mound recently found in the Altai mountains near the boundary of Outer Mongolia. The mound showed a vivid glimpse of how the barbaric nomads buried an honored young woman some 2,000 years ago. Through the short summers of the Altai, the frozen...

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