Tisul princess – myth or reality?

(ORDO NEWS) — The urban-type settlement Tisul, in the vicinity of which an interesting artifact was found, is located six kilometers from the regional center. In Tisul itself there are a little more than 8 thousand inhabitants, in Rzhavchik there are a couple of dozen houses and about 200 inhabitants. Once in Rzhavchik they tried to mine coal, but even before the Second World War it became clear that this occupation was completely futile, and only a half-abandoned quarry remained from the mine.

Ordered to forget

However, everything is in order. They unexpectedly started talking about the unprecedented find after its publication in 2002 in the newspaper “Khakassia”, the article was immediately reprinted by all paper media specializing in anomalies, and all sites related to ufology. Despite the fact that the journalist’s story looked completely implausible, many believed in it.

Briefly, the author of the publication reported the following. Allegedly, during a trip to Moscow, he met a former KGB colonel, who asked not to mention his name in any way, but told his fellow traveler an amazing story. In early autumn 1969, an archaeological discovery was made by chance in the village of Rzhavchik. The find was discovered after blasting operations at a coal mine. At a depth of over 70 meters inside an untouched 20-meter coal seam, workers suddenly saw a large marble sarcophagus with elaborately carved ornaments.

They immediately lifted the sarcophagus and tried to open it. The blows with the sledgehammer did not help. But under the rays of the sun, the putty that tightly held the lid flowed. Then the lid was lifted. Inside the sarcophagus was filled to the brim with a transparent pink-blue (as the author), that is, lilac, liquid.

At the bottom of the sarcophagus lay a very tall (180 centimeters) woman of about 30 – Caucasian appearance, blue-eyed (eyes were open), with long, waist-length, dark blond curls, well-groomed white hands and short nails. She was placed in a coffin in a white dress with floral designs, and a black box the size of a book was left at the head of the bed. Of course, the wonderful find was put on public display and immediately reported to Tisul, where the district administration was. In addition to this bosses, policemen, firefighters, as well as the military came to the place of discovery.

People in civilian clothes who arrived soon drove the crowd back and rewrote everyone by name. And they decided to take the sarcophagus, but first they drained all the liquid and wanted to load the coffin. But the deceased immediately began to turn black, then the liquid was poured again, and the body returned to its former blooming appearance. The sarcophagus was loaded into a helicopter and taken to Novosibirsk.

Further events began to develop as in a fantastic thriller. Five days have passed. A professor came from Novosibirsk and delivered a lecture to the villagers about this find. He reported that a find of extraordinary value, that the woman in the sarcophagus is 800 million years old and was buried in the Carboniferous period, that genetic analysis showed that the woman was not an alien, but ethnically Russian, but came from a much more developed civilization than ours, that the dress fabric was made of of unknown material, that the composition of the liquid has not been identified, that the find is being studied and soon people will be told about the results of the research.

But instead, a week later, Rzhavchik was cordoned off by the military, the place of discovery was covered with earth, and what people saw was ordered to be forgotten. Those who did not want to forget and were looking for the truth about the “sleeping princess” quickly died or died as a result of an accident. Four years later, on the shores and islands of Lake Berchikul, not far from the place of discovery, under the protection of the military, some archaeological research was carried out.

The locals knew only one thing: they found “stone age graves.”

And the journalist who wrote about this find unexpectedly showed up again and said that because of this publication he suffered, was persecuted by the FSB officers, almost died and was forced to end his journalism.

Sensational news

Subsequently, the Tisulian find was told on one of the central TV channels. In the film, the TV men added to the found sarcophagus two more, found at Berchikul. True, the age of the finds has decreased from 800 million years to 200 million. But on the whole, the story remained unchanged. The trouble was, there was not a word of truth in it.

Let’s start with the fact that they could not carry out any blasting operations at the coal mine in 1969, because instead of the open pit there was a quarry, and coal on an industrial scale had not been mined there for 30 years. There are no islands on Lake Berchikul, and there are no mounds around the lake, which allegedly dug up in 1973. But there are burial mounds and a cemetery of the Stone Age near the village of Rzhavchik. The Carboniferous period is limited to 360-300 million years ago. No “princess” could have survived in the most reliable sarcophagus for so many years, and she certainly could not have been “ethnically Russian”. There was no genetic examination in 1969 and could not be.

However, journalists simply unearthed the publications of the 70s of the last century about the Tisul find. And they reprinted it, practically without changing the style, but bringing together the “facts” from the numerous notes of those days into a semblance of a single whole. And then the information about the mysterious artifact in the publications did not match. First, the very place of the find changed; secondly, the face that discovered the sarcophagus changed; thirdly, it is not known what happened with the coffin and with the liquid, but everything ended the same way: the “princess” was taken away and taken away.

Local residents, with whom professional journalists tried to talk after the publication, could not recall any archaeological finds that even remotely resemble the story of the sarcophagus.

Women in sarcophagi

In fact, quite truthful witnesses described several uncovered burials with the dead, which looked like living ones. The most famous of the series of these stories is the discovery in the Middle Ages during work on the Appian Way of the tomb of Mark Tullius’ daughter Cicero. The girl’s coffin was filled with a transparent embalming liquid, and she herself lay asleep, with a blush on her cheeks, in perfectly preserved clothes, and at the foot of the coffin the “eternal lamp” was burning.

But as soon as fresh air entered the tomb, the lamp went out. Frightened medieval people immediately closed the tomb. Other similar cases are known. Chroniclers described that beautiful girls were sometimes dragged out of tombs and tried to wake up. Once in the air, the bodies began to blacken and decay.

Archaeologists are also sometimes lucky to make an unexpected discovery. In 1971, Chinese researchers uncovered a tomb in Hunan province. Inside was the mummy of a noble Chinese woman Xin Zhui, perfectly preserved to this day. She lay in four sarcophagi inserted into each other under thick layers of coal and clay for 2 thousand years. And what is very interesting: the body of an elderly woman was completely immersed in a yellow preservative liquid. But as soon as the tomb was opened, the embalming composition evaporated.

Notes on the miraculous liquid, on the marble sarcophagus and on the incorruptible body from Rust appeared just after the opening of the tomb of Xin Zhui. But the article, due to which the fuss broke out, was most likely based not on the story of a medieval chronicler and not on a Chinese artifact, but on a very real find of a perfectly preserved Ukok princess discovered in Altai in 1993. That “princess”, or rather a young shaman who died in the 3rd century BC, survived “as if she were alive” thanks to another preservative liquid – ordinary water, which turned into ice. But as soon as the ice began to melt, the “princess” began to turn black, and the clothes began to disintegrate. Only skilful actions of archaeologists were able to prevent the loss of a rare find.

Why did the journalists decide to “resurrect” the notes of many years ago? Precisely because very close, in Altai, there was a very real Ukok princess, whom the locals declared the progenitor of their people. Why not remember about the Tisul princess, even if she does not exist?


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