“Cool Beads” – What archeologists uncovered in the ancient burial mound of the Siberian Altai Mountains is underscored. This 25-year-old woman skeleton (died around the 4th century BC about 2400 years ago) could be a relative of the renowned Siberian Ice Maiden, Ukok Princess, found previously in the same region in 1993. Ukok has been prized among researchers as an amazing find as she is a prime illustration of how well-preserved skin tissue remains in cold environments. Still noticeable and partly legible are the tattoos and ceremonial markings of her skin.
Nevertheless, the necklace around the neck of this young female is made of enameled glass, still intact and maintains its initial bright colors. The finding of this seventeen-beaded evil eye necklace provides a fresh perspective into ancient Siberian trade and technology are all in the hype of Siberian archeologists.
But there is another reason why we find it so interesting–all the beads look remarkably similar to the talismans of Evil Eye, and we don’t see why. This feels like a charm to ward off evil with concentrated circles of blue, brown, and white over a turquoise foundation. This necklace is estimated by scientists to be reflective of its elevated social status. She might have been a virgin priestess buried with her as sacrificial bones, a butcher knife, and a small bronze mirror. Who else in ancient culture would need charms other than a pure, religious figure to ward off evil?
The necklace’s historical dating also provides more evidence that this necklace might be an Evil Eye Necklace. The necklace is pre-dated to the Hellenistic period, about the 4th or 5th century BC, likely handed down before her by the elders or the priestesses. What makes this timeline significant is that it implies that this priestess lived in ancient Greece and Rome, where the earliest records of the Evil Eye, i.e. the 8th-6th century BC, were recorded. The color blue could also be the color of the eyes of this priestess, which is also strongly connected with the Evil Eye.
The geographical location also falls in line with this hypothesis, as ancient travelers and merchants, perhaps even Alexander the Great himself, could have traveled through Siberia. This is because at the moment, the ancient Silk Road is available for commercial purposes to Siberia through Kazakhstan. At the moment, Siberia was wealthy in natural resources and a place that was pitched in by many other cultures after moving from other regions. Therefore, like many other locations that had a powerful trading game, there is a probability that the Evil Eye’s ancient Mediterranean culture and goods were exchanged.
Archeologists have almost completely ascertained this necklace to be produced by Egyptian craftsmen owing to the material and level of art. Only nations that made comprehensive expansions and expeditions at the moment such as Ancient Rome, which also surrounds the Mediterranean Sea, could have landed in Siberia. Coincidence? Perhaps not.