“Cool beads!” is understating what archaeologists unearthed in the ancient burial mound of the Altai Mountains of Siberia. This skeleton of a 25 year old female (died about 2400 years ago around the 4th century BC) could be a relative of the famous Siberian Ice Maiden, Ukok Princess, earlier discovered in 1993 in the same region. Ukok was prized as an astonishing find among scientists as she is a prime example of how skin tissue remains well-preserved in cold climates. Her skin’s tattoos and ceremonial markings are still visible and partially legible.
Anyway, the necklace around this new female’s neck is made of enameled glass, still intact and retains its bright original colors. Siberian archeologists are all in on the hype mostly over the find of this seventeen-beaded necklace and how it brings a new insight into ancient Siberian trade and technology.
But there’s another reason behind why we find it so interesting – all the beads look remarkably similar to Evil Eye talismans, and we don’t see why not. With concentric circles of blue, brown, and white over a turquoise base, this looks like a charm to ward off evil. Scientists estimate that this necklace is indicative of her high social status. She was possibly a virgin priestess as sacrificial bones, a butcher knife, and a tiny bronze mirror were all found buried with her. Who else but a pure, religious figure in ancient society would need charms to ward off evil?
The historical dating of the necklace also gives more proof that this necklace could be an Evil Eye necklace. The necklace is pre-dated to the Hellenistic period, around 4th or 5th century BC, probably passed down to her from elders or the priestesses before her. What makes this timeline important is because it means this priestess lived during the time of Ancient Greece and Rome where the earliest records of the Evil Eye, i.e. 8th-6th century BC. The color blue, which is also closely associated with the Evil Eye, could also be the color of this priestess’ eyes.
Also, the geographical location falls in line with this theory as Siberia could have been traversed by ancient travellers and merchants, maybe even Alexander the Great himself. This is because the old Silk Road is accessible to Siberia through Kazakhstan at the time for trade purposes. Siberia was rich in natural resources at the time and a place that many other civilizations pitched tents in after migrating there from other areas. Hence, like many other places that had a strong trading game, there is likelihood that the Ancient Mediterranean culture of the Evil Eye was exchanged along with commodities.
This necklace is almost entirely ascertained by archeologists to be made by Egyptian craftsmen due to the material and level of artistry. It could only have landed up in Siberia through countries that made extensive expansions and expeditions at the time like Ancient Rome that also surrounds the Mediterranean Sea. Coincidence? Probably not.