Heading towards the museum there is a line of photographs from all over the world ‘The World through the Eyes of Russians’, filled with colour, motion, beauty. Next to the stand selling piping hot chestnuts and mulled wine a variety of tents and yurts shelter people from the cold and allow an insight into nomadic life. And in a large box with three windows and covered in images of rock paintings, what we’ve come to see.
What is it? It’s the Mammoth Yuka, found in 2005, held in a cold, stable environment in the box, still with its hair intact and snow on its head.