Archeologists 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. Intrigued by this discovery, they decide to call the woman Natasha.
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 man-made reservoir on the Yenisei River which feeds the huge Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam. This powers Russia’s largest hydro-electric generating plant. Every year in May the reservoir empties for a couple of months, allowing archaeologists to explore its sandy floor. This has led to it being dubbed the “Russian Atlantis.”