The 5,000 Year Old Tarim Mummies

September 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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The door creaked open, and there in the gloom of the newly opened room, perfectly preserved despite the passing of thousands of years, a red-haired mummy with Caucasian features stared back. It was a life-changing moment for archaeologist Professor Victor Mair, and ten years on it still gave him chills. Mair had stumbled upon the recently discovered corpses of a man and his family in a museum in the Chinese city of Ürümqi, but the shock waves of the find would be felt far and wide.

The 3000-year-old Cherchen Man discovered with his family

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The Beauty of Loulan, the oldest mummy found in the Tarim Basin

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Tocharian Nordic mummy found in 1989: Disfigured female with blonde hair

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Mummified boy, roughly one year of age, found in the same grave

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