In 1993, 9 bodies were excavated from a frozen plateau in Siberia. The first was a 25 year old woman, known as the Ukok Princess. On either side of her were two warriors to guide her through the after life. Buried around her were six horses, saddled and bridled, her spiritual escorts to the after life, and a symbol of her evident status, perhaps more likely a revered folk tale narrator, a healer or a holy woman than an ice princess. The Siberian permafrost acted as a natural freezer and perfectly preserved the princess’ skin for 2500 years, and her beautifully intricate tattoos. They are all believed to be Pazyryk people – a nomadic people described in the 5th century BC by the Greek historian Herodotus – and the colorful body artwork is seen as the best preserved and most elaborate ancient tattoos anywhere in the world. Tattoos were used as a mean of personal identification. The Pazyryks also believed the tattoos would be helpful in another life, making it easy for the people of the same family and culture to find each other after death. The amount of tattoos that she had depicted her age and class. With only her left arm and right shoulder covered, she was very young, but her status as a high ranking member of her clan was shown by the amount of things buried with her to assist her in the afterlife. The warriors she was buried with were a bit older with both arms and a leg tattooed.