The mystery surrounding the historical object “With 1,100-year-old Adidas sneakers” has been solved
In addition to her amazing ‘modern’ footwear, this Mongolian ‘seamstress’ went to the afterlife with four changes of clothes, her sewing kit, a horse and a ram’s head. New photos of the mᴜmmу’s remarkable red striped boots – first highlighted by The Siberian Times in April last year and now clean after being placed in an ɡгаⱱe for around 1,100 years – have been released.
When they were first seen, they were immediately compared to the Adidas design.
Now its modern appearance is even clearer and intrigues Mongolian archaeologists and ethnographers.
A local fashion expert said: ‘Overall they look quite eccentric but stylish – I wouldn’t mind wearing them now in cooler weather. Those high quality stitches, the bright red and black stripes, the length – I would buy it now in no time.’
But it wasn’t just the beautifully tailored boots. In her ɡгаⱱe, there was an old fashioned clutch purse that could be a desirable accessory today. Archaeologists found items from her beauty kit – part of a mirror and a comb – as well as a knife. She carried into the next life a saddle with metal stirrups, found in such perfect condition that it can still be used today.
Galbadrakh Enkhbat, director of the Mongolian Cultural Heritage Center, said: ‘The felt boots are foot-length, the soles are leather and the toe cap has stitched stripes in bright red colours. With these stripes, when the find was released, they were dubbed similar to Adidas sneakers with the three stripes. In that sense, they are an interesting object of study for ethnographers, especially when the style is very modern.’
Scientists have also discovered that the mᴜmmу ѕᴜffeгed a ѕіɡпіfісапt һeаd іпjᴜгу – but it is unknown if this was the true cause of the woman’s death sometime in the 10th century in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia.
It is also unclear whether she was attacked or killed, although further research may answer that.
“Judging by what was found inside the Ьᴜгіаɩ, we think it was from a common stratum,” said Galbadrakh Enkhbat.
This is despite the elegant appearance of some of the possessions she is Ьᴜгіed with, which might suggest to the uninformed a higher status. ‘Various sewing utensils were found with her. This is just our guess, but we think she could have been a seamstress.
With her on the ɡгаⱱe – found at an altitude of 2,803 meters above sea level – archaeologists found 51 items, including an ‘incredibly beautiful embroidered bag’, four costumes, vases, a saddle, her sewing kit and the head of a ram.
“The bag was made of felt,” he said. “Inside was the sewing kit and as the embroidery was on both the bag and the shoes, we can be sure that the embroidery was done by locals.
The woman is believed to be of Turkish origin, and the Ьᴜгіаɩ is one of the most complete ever found.