Mummies Around the World @ Mummy Tombs

Mummies Around the World


Bog: Accidental mummies, made only by nature, from northern Europe and, yes, Florida.

Buddhist: An unusual method of mummy creation that apparently first occurred in Japan between the years 1000-1200 B.C.

Catacomb: Beginning in 1599 the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy became a final resting place for well-preserved monks, priests and others

ChachapoyaRelated to Inca mummies, a cache of more than 200 mummies was found in Peru in 1996.

Chinchorro: The first people in the world to practice mummification, they preserved their dead beginning about 5000 B.C., reaching a peak in 3000 B.C.--around the same time that the Egyptians began experimenting with mummification.

Curiosities: In the 1800s and 1900s strange mummies were often displayed in carnival sideshows or back parlors of funeral homes. And sometimes they found their way into museums as "curiosities" for people to gawk at. 

Egyptian: The most studied mummies of all.

Famous:  A look at some of the more famous mummified individuals of the world.

Franklin Expedition: Fozen mummies help solve the mystery of a tragic search for a Northwest Passage

Greenland: The oldest preserved remains in Greenland, these mummies provided researchers with a special opportunity to study part of Greenland's history.

Guanajuato: Accidental modern mummies, they were literally "dug up" between the years 1896 and 1958. 

Guanche: Found primarily in caves on four of the seven Canary Islands, they once numbered in the thousands; today only a handful remain.

Inca: Mummies of the Incan rulers (artificial mummies) and mountain top sacrifices (accidental mummies) were made from 1438 to 1532, during the reign of the empire.

Iran: Mummified bodies have been found in an Iranian salt mine...and studies are underway to discover more about them.

Kabayan: Found in caves in a rural area of the Philippines (north of Manila), these well-preserved mummies were forgotten until their rediscovery in the early 1900s; then many were stolen.... 

Maronite: A group of natural mummies discovered in the 'Asi-al Hadath cave located in the Qadisha Valley of Lebanon.

Melanesia: Mummies from Australia, Papua New Guinea, and islands in the Torres Strait.

Native American: Accidental mummies been found primarily in caves (or cliff dwellings) in the southwestern part of the United States.

Paracas: Mummification as practiced in the fishing village of Paracas where more than 429 human mummy bundles have been found as well as bundles containing parrots, foxes, dogs, cats, frogs, and deer.

Pompeii Plaster Casts: Some of the victims of the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius have been turned into plaster casts that show the person's appearance at the moment of death. Find out how archaeologists did this and what the casts look like.

Scythian: Tribes who lived in southern Russia from the eighth to the fourth century B.C., they are known for mummifying their dead kings.

South African: The first and (so far) only mummy ever discovered in South Africa, the mummy appears to be related to the Khoi, the indigenous people of the area.

Xinjiang or Ürümchi : The mummies of the Chinese Turkestan region were found in the driest, saltiest part of Central Asia and date as far back as 4,000 years; they were made by accident--naturally--by the dry climate in the salty Tarim basin.