Quiz Answer 2
Myth 2. Mummies were first made in Egypt.
Fact: Mummies were first made in South America.
Although Egyptian mummies are the best known, they are not the oldest. Rather, the oldest human mummies made by mummymakers have been found in South America, and they are about 5,000-7,000 years old.
This fact, though, could change as anthropologists and archaeologists discover more mummified remains around the world.
Some anthropologists suspect that native tribes from Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the islands that lie between them may have practiced mummification as long as 9,000 years ago.
One day, therefore, the oldest human mummies may be found there.