Archaeologists are hard at work, digging into the land exposed by the draining of a large reservoir in the Russian Republic of Tuva in southern Siberia. They find something of great interest – the grave of a woman buried some 2,000 years ago. But what completely throws the researchers is the object that they find in her tomb. It looks for all the world just like an iPhone.
The researchers found the woman’s skeleton in a burial ground called Ala-Tey at the bottom of the Sayan Sea. This is a massive artificial reservoir on the Yenisei River which feeds the huge Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam. The huge structure powers Russia’s largest hydroelectric power-generating plant. Every year in May the reservoir empties for a couple of months, allowing archaeologists to explore its sandy floor.