The Fascinating Stories Behind the World's Best-Preserved Mummies

Updated on June 17, 2019
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The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, in southern Italy.
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, in southern Italy.

Humans have always had a morbid fascination with death and the dead. Preserving the dead dates back thousands of years. To the ancient Egyptians, death was only the beginning, and embalming bodies was a regular occurrence, as was typical of many ancient cultures. Some dead are mummified as a political statement, others by complete accident.

Tutankhamun may be the most famous mummy in the world, but he certainly is not the most well-preserved. There are other examples of mummification, either natural or otherwise, that leave King Tut for dead, no pun intended.

Here are some of the world's best-preserved mummies; each has its tale to tell. The stories behind some of these corpses is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Alive, Eva Perón was considered one of the most beautiful women in Argentina.
Alive, Eva Perón was considered one of the most beautiful women in Argentina.

Eva "Evita" Perón's Remains

When she died from cancer in 1952, Eva Perón was perhaps the most beloved woman in Argentina at the time. She was the first wife of then Argentinean President Juan Perón. This fueled the decision to embalm her body.

The procedure was performed by renowned professor of anatomy, Dr. Pedro Ana. His embalming technique was so good, it was commonly referred to as the "Art of Death." The year-long procedure included replacing the body's blood and water with glycerin, resulting in the preservation of all internal organs, even the brain.

Her body was placed on display until a military coup overthrew the government and Juan Perón. The body was then secretly removed by the new government and hidden for sixteen years in Italy. During that time, the body was subject to many escapades, including vandalism with a hammer and the enactment of sexual fantasies of a caretaker driven mad by the body's lifelike appearance.

In 1971, the exiled Juan Perón was able to reclaim his wife's body and bring it to his Spanish home. In 1974, the body was returned to Argentina, where it was finally buried in the family crypt.

Evita's life has inspired many works of fiction: most notably, a movie in which Madonna played her and most recently, a musical play featuring music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Even in death, Evita is uncomfortably lifelike. She is effectively a wax figure after the mummification process replaced all water in the body with wax.
Even in death, Evita is uncomfortably lifelike. She is effectively a wax figure after the mummification process replaced all water in the body with wax.
Evita in 1952 just after the mummification process finished.
Evita in 1952 just after the mummification process finished.

Vladimir Lenin's Embalmed Body

He was the father of Russian Communism and the first leader of the Soviet Union. His death in 1924 marked the Soviet Union's decline into Stalinism.

The government decided to preserve the body of Lenin for future generations. As their culture had no practice or record of the process, the Russians had to invent a highly complex process of embalming. Unlike Evita's mummified corpse, which required little post-embalming maintenance, Lenin's requires extensive chemical baths, injections, and evaluation. The body's organs were removed and replaced with a humidifier and pumping system designed to maintain the body's core temperature and fluid intake.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of Russia are split on the decision to bury Lenin for good.

When the Soviet Union existed, Lenin's suit was changed once a year. Since the fall of the communist nation, the mummy's suit is changed every five years.
When the Soviet Union existed, Lenin's suit was changed once a year. Since the fall of the communist nation, the mummy's suit is changed every five years.

John Torrington's Frozen Remains

Sometimes, mother nature can preserve a body in ways embalmers can only dream. Meet John Torrington, petty officer of the fabled Franklin Expedition to the Arctic Circle. He died of pneumonia and lead poisoning at age 20 and was buried in the frozen tundra along with three others at one of the expedition's camp site.

In the 1980s, his grave was exhumed by scientists in an attempt to discover the cause of the expedition's failure. When they opened the coffins and thawed the solid blocks of ice inside, they were astonished and frightened by what they saw. John Torrington stared back at them, literally.

Frozen in a block of ice for over 150 years, the body was nearly perfectly preserved. The only signs of decay were visible around the eyelids and lips. He still wore the cloths he died in, and his arms and legs were still tied together (which made burial easier). A handkerchief was even tied around his head to keep his jaw closed.

Blood samples revealed toxic levels of lead in his system, a result of poor food storage onboard the ship. In his lungs were found the preserved remnants of pneumonia.

In addition to Torrington, the expedition exhumed the bodies of John Hartnell and William Braine. Both were also frozen in time.

John Torrington
John Torrington | Source
John's feet were lashed together shortly after his death for storage.
John's feet were lashed together shortly after his death for storage.
Archeologists were giving quite a terrifying shock when they removed the blankets that covered John Torrington's face. John Torrington was literally staring back at them.
Archeologists were giving quite a terrifying shock when they removed the blankets that covered John Torrington's face. John Torrington was literally staring back at them.
John's nose is actually dark due to the blue wool blanket that was placed over his face by the Franklin crew. The polka-dotted cloth around his head was originally to keep his jaw closed before rigor mortis.
John's nose is actually dark due to the blue wool blanket that was placed over his face by the Franklin crew. The polka-dotted cloth around his head was originally to keep his jaw closed before rigor mortis.

Rosalia Lombardo, the Child Mummy

Deep in the Catacombs of the Capuchin Monks in Sicily, inside a tiny glass casket, lies the body of little Rosalia Lombardo. When she died in 1918 of pneumonia, her father General Lombardo was devastated. He sought the services of Italian Embalmer Alfredo Salafia to preserve her.

Using a mixture of chemicals (including formalin, zinc salts, alcohol, salicylic acid and glycerin), the end result was nothing short of extraordinary. The body was so well-preserved she came known as "Sleeping Beauty."

For over 80 years, she has remained perfectly preserved. Only in the last five years have signs of decay appeared. In response, the glass casket was moved to a drier end of the Catacombs and placed inside an airtight, nitrogen-filled glass case.

Changes in temperature within the catacombs have resulted in a unsettling phenomenon with Rosalia's tiny body. As the temperature fluctuates, the mummy's eyelids will partially open, revealing her intact eyes underneath.

To date, she receives more visitors than any other individual in the catacombs.

The Child Mummy (100 years young) is Rosalia Lombardo. When she died in Sicily in 1920 of pneumonia, her father was so upset he had her preserved forever.
The Child Mummy (100 years young) is Rosalia Lombardo. When she died in Sicily in 1920 of pneumonia, her father was so upset he had her preserved forever.
She's considered by many as the best-preserved mummy anywhere, but people flock to see her for more than that. Her popularity points to the eternal draw a child can have on those around her.
She's considered by many as the best-preserved mummy anywhere, but people flock to see her for more than that. Her popularity points to the eternal draw a child can have on those around her. | Source
This X-Ray taken of Rosalia's corpse shows her brain and internal organs are intact although they've shrunk over time.
This X-Ray taken of Rosalia's corpse shows her brain and internal organs are intact although they've shrunk over time.

In this 2009 Italian documentary, Rosalia's body was sent through a CT scan. The scientists were shocked to find all of her internal organs perfectly intact! Her brain had shrunk to almost half its original size.

La Doncella, a Frozen Incan Sacrifice

Over 500 years ago, 15-year-old La Doncella and two other children were left to freeze to death in a ritual sacrifice. Sitting crosslegged high atop Mount Llullaillaco, she was drugged with chicha and coca leaves to induce a heavy sleep and left to die as an offering to the Sun God.

In 1999, archaeologists discovered the remains of La Doncella and the two other children, the latest of several unbelievable sacrificial finds in the Andes Mountains. The eldest of the three children, La Doncella, was a "Sun Virgin," a child chosen at an early age to be raised as a sacrifice for the Sun God. She lived a royal life until the day of sacrifice. Her elaborately braided hair simply astonished her discoverers. Scientists even found a few grey hairs, suggesting that her knowledge of her ultimate fate took a deep emotional toll.

Appearing as if she could awake at any time, La Doncella gives us a look at how the ancient Inca dressed.
Appearing as if she could awake at any time, La Doncella gives us a look at how the ancient Inca dressed. | Source
Strands of grey hair were found in her braids, suggesting a very stressful life.
Strands of grey hair were found in her braids, suggesting a very stressful life.

The Wet Mummy Discovered During Road Construction in China

Imagine an average construction worker, digging a foundation for a new road with a backhoe, suddenly uncovers a national treasure. That's exactly what happened in China in March of 2012. Submerged for 600 years in a waterlogged coffin, a remarkably preserved Ming Dynasty mummy was discovered in the center of a modern metropolis during a construction project!

The five-foot-tall woman was fully clothed and buried with many fine pieces of jewelry, including a silver hairpin that still held her hair in place and a huge jade ring on her finger. Atop her wooden coffin was a simple silver medallion known as an Exorcism Coin placed there to protect the body from evil spirits.

The mummy has been transported to Taizhou Museum for study.

Sometimes, the best mummies are discovered by accident.
Sometimes, the best mummies are discovered by accident.
A huge jade ring found on the mummy's hand.
A huge jade ring found on the mummy's hand.

Lady Dai Xin Zhui, the Best-Preserved Mummy Ever

Lady Dai Xin Zhui is undisputedly the best preserved mummy ever found: not in terms of physical appearance, but in the simple completeness of her body. Unlike Lenin, her internal organs are perfectly intact, including her brain. Unlike Evita, her tissues are still soft to the touch, her limbs flexible. Her hair is complete and there is type-A blood in her veins!

Here is the most astonishing part: She is 2,100 years old! Meet Xin Zhui, aka Lady Dai, the Diva Mummy.

The wife of the ruler of the Han Imperial Flefdom of Dai, she died between 178 and 145 BC at age 50. She was buried in a titanic-sized tomb with exotic foods, dinnerware, and fabrics. The body itself was immersed in a mysterious liquid, no doubt responsible for the amazing preservation.

The state of the preservation has given archaeologists the single most complete medical profile ever compiled of an ancient human being. The pristine condition of the body allowed for a modern-day autopsy, which revealed many clues about her life. She was overweight, suffered from lower back pain, had clogged arteries, and had a severely damaged heart. She is the oldest diagnosed case of heart disease. Until her discovery, medical experts had argued that heart disease only existed in modern times.

Unlike the mummies of ancient Egypt, this one still has blood in her veins and is soft to the touch.
Unlike the mummies of ancient Egypt, this one still has blood in her veins and is soft to the touch.
With her lips shrunken and curled back, her blotted tongue can be seen jutting from her mouth.
With her lips shrunken and curled back, her blotted tongue can be seen jutting from her mouth.

The Greenland Mummies

In 1972, eight Eskimo mummies were discovered in a frozen tomb in Qilakitsoq. Essentially freeze-dried in the cold temperature, the mummies were a family. Carbon dating places the tomb at approximately 1460, making them the oldest mummies yet found in Greenland. Three of them were heavily tattooed women dressed in over 78 pieces of fur and skins. Piled on top of them was a young boy, equally well-dressed, whose face has the distinct features of Down syndrome. X-rays revealed he also suffered from Calve-Perthes disease, his hip joints nearly fused. Atop all the bodies was a little baby boy, about six months old, who was concluded to have been buried alive atop his mother.

The cause of death is unclear. Some suggested an accidental drowning of the entire family, but no evidence could be found to support this. One of the women did have a tumor growing at the base of her skull and the boy likely died from his Calve-Perthes disease. The infant was buried alive according to ancient Inuit custom. The cause of death of the women remains unknown.

His eyes are open, the eyeballs long gone.
His eyes are open, the eyeballs long gone. | Source
One of the adult Greenland Mummies.
One of the adult Greenland Mummies.

The Beauty of Xiaohe

In 2003, archeologists excavating China's Xiaohe Mudi Graveyards discovered a cache of mummies, including one that would become known as the Beauty of Xiaohe. Hair, skin, and even eyelashes perfectly preserved, the woman's natural beauty is evident even after four millennia. Her coffin was a wooden boat filled with small pouches that contained herbs. She was dressed in a felted wool hat which designated her status as a priestess, something rare for women. More than 3,800 years ago, she was a village leader.

Due to the natural salinity, aridity, and freeze-drying properties in the air, Xinjiang has produced some of the best naturally preserved mummies in the world, of which the Beauty of Xiaohe represents.

A serene woman with a mysterious story to tell.
A serene woman with a mysterious story to tell.
Few mummies are found with everything that was buried with the body. This one offers clues as to her identity.
Few mummies are found with everything that was buried with the body. This one offers clues as to her identity.

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, a Buddhist Monk Mummified in Prayer

He was a Russian Buddhist lama monk who died mid-chant in the lotus posture in 1927. His last testament was a simple request to be buried how he was found. True to his wishes, he was buried in the lotus position, wearing the robes he died in. In 1955, the monks exhumed his body and discovered it to be incorrupt. It was again exhumed in 1973 to the same discovery. In a time when Soviet antitheistic authorities policed the Russian State, the findings were not announced until 2002.

After being declared a sacred relic by the Buddhist conference, the body was placed in a namesake shrine where it remains to this day.

Dying mid chant results in a very peaceful face.
Dying mid chant results in a very peaceful face.
The Catholics call these bodies "incorruptible," but I'm not sure what the Buddhists would call them.
The Catholics call these bodies "incorruptible," but I'm not sure what the Buddhists would call them.

St. Zita

Natural mummification (or "incorruption") is one of the stipulations the Catholic Church requires for an individual to canonized as a saint. One remarkable example is Zita, a maid who passed away in 1272 who served a wealthy Italian family who often overworked her. A spiritual woman, several times she was caught stealing bread to feed the poor. After 48 years of service to the family, she passed away at age 60.

Her body was exhumed in 1580, 300 years after her death, and was discovered to have naturally mummified. She was canonized in 1696 and her body has remained on public display for over 700 years.

Remember this body is over 800 years old. Despite the skin looking like King Tut's, the body is in remarkably good shape for its age.
Remember this body is over 800 years old. Despite the skin looking like King Tut's, the body is in remarkably good shape for its age.
The 800 year old body of St. Zita.
The 800 year old body of St. Zita.

St. Bernadette's Remains

She was born a miller's daughter in 1844 in Lourdes, France. Throughout her life, she reported seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary on an almost daily basis. One such vision lead her to discover a spring which has been reported to cure illness. 150 years later, the water's miracles are still being reported.

Bernadette died in 1879, at age 35, from tuberculosis. During canonization, her body was exhumed in 1909 and was discovered incorrupt. She was exhumed again in 1919, when doctors noted that the body had mummified with some mold and deterioration to the skin in some areas. In 1925, her body was exhumed a third and final time. Two of her ribs were removed and sent to Rome. In a common move during the French canonization process, molds were taken of Bernadette's face and hands and wax casts were made and placed over the face and hands. The body was placed in a reliquary in the Chapel of St. Bernadette, where it remains today.

St. Bernadette, alive.
St. Bernadette, alive.
St. Bernadette in death. Her face and hands have been covered in wax.
St. Bernadette in death. Her face and hands have been covered in wax.
St. Bernadette's body lays in a gold reliquary.
St. Bernadette's body lays in a gold reliquary.

St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli

She lived 350 years ago in Genoa, Italy, and after her arranged marriage ended in the death of her husband, a wealthy noble, Virginia began a life of service. She founded Cento Signore della Misericordia Protettrici dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo in the 1620s to help the needy in her area. She spent the remainder of her life in service. In 1985 her body was exhumed and beatified, and in 2003 she was officially canonized.

Artist's depiction of St. Virginia when she lived.
Artist's depiction of St. Virginia when she lived.
St. Virginia today. Unlike St. Bernadette, St. Virginia's face and hands were left uncovered.
St. Virginia today. Unlike St. Bernadette, St. Virginia's face and hands were left uncovered.

Elmur McCurdy's Mummy

Here is a mummy whose life after death was as bizarre as his reputation during life. Elmur McCurdy was an unlucky robber whose unsuccessful exploits cost him his life. In 1911, he and a gang of robbers attacked a train they believed contained a high value safe. However, they discovered it was nothing more than a passenger train. After fleeing, McCurdy took refuge in a barn and was later shot by the Oklahoma Sheriff's Office on October 7, 1911.

Now here's where the story takes an interesting turn. McCurdy's body was taken to Pawhuska, Oklahoma. When the corpse wasn't claimed, the undertaker who embalmed the body put it on display for 5¢ a look. For five years the body was on public display, during which time a bizarre ritual formed where visitors would stuff their ticket stubs and coins into the mummy's mouth.

In 1916, a man claiming to be McCurdy's brother asked for the body, wishing to give it a proper burial. Instead of burial, the body was sent on tour for 60 years of public display in wax museums, carnivals, and fun fairs all across the country. Eventually, the knowledge of the body being a real corpse was forgotten. Owner after owner purchased it, thinking it was nothing more than a bad wax figure.

In 1976 at Queens Park during the filming of an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, the film crew was rearranging the displays and mannequins and discovered McCurdy. One of McCurdy's arms was accidentally broken off, and when they discovered bone inside the arm, authorities were alerted.

During the autopsy, the examiner opened the corpse's mouth and discovered a 1924 penny and a ticket stub. Backtracking later revealed the mummy to be McCurdy. The body still had its original autopsy and embalming incisions and a gunshot wound to the chest. The bullet was discovered lodged in the pelvis.

In 1977, the state finally buried McCurdy under two yards of concrete.

McCurdy in 1911
McCurdy in 1911
McCurdy in 1977
McCurdy in 1977

Ramesses the Great

Ramesses II, who became known as Ramesses the Great, could be considered the most powerful and influential pharaoh to ever rule Ancient Egypt. While the average lifespan of an Egyptian was less than forty years, Ramesses lived to be 91.

Sitting on the throne for 66 years, he was literally considered a living god, outliving everyone around him. He even outlived many of his wives (including Nefertari) and some of his 100 children. He built more temples, monuments, and cities than any other pharaoh, and the Egyptian Empire expanded greatly during his rule. He lead several campaigns in Syria, Nubia, and Libya. His spoils of war brought extreme wealth to the kingdom.

As he neared the end of his life, Ramesses was plagued by health problems, including rotting teeth, arthritis, and heart disease. Dying after his 91st birthday, Ramesses was buried in the Valley of the Kings in an enormous tomb. Yet the journey of the pharaoh was not over.

Tomb robbing forced Egyptian priests to remove the body for repair. Afterwards, it was brought to the tomb of Inhapy. Three days after that, it was moved again to the tomb of a high priest.

Ramesses was discovered buried amongst forty other mummies in a cache in 1881. The mummy itself was one of the best-preserved ever found in Egypt. Unlike other mummies (including Tutankhamun's, where the nose was crushed by the pressure of the wraps), Ramesses's nose was intact. That distinctive hook-shaped nose became his most famous feature.

A 1974 examination revealed old battle wounds, an abscessed tooth, and severe arthritis. A stick was discovered lodged in the mummy's neck, leading some to believe the head was accidentally knocked off during mummification. Today, Ramesses lies in state at the Cairo Museum.

Notice the nose of the mummy.
Notice the nose of the mummy.
The Mummy of Ramesses II
The Mummy of Ramesses II

The Remains of the Tollund Man

Would you believe this peaceful, careworn face is that of a 2,000-year-old bog body? Discovered by accident in 1950 in the bogs of the Danish jutland peninsula by some unsuspecting peat farmers, the mummy of this pre-Iron Age corpse is so well-preserved that it fooled his discoverers into thinking he was a present-day murder victim. Turns out he's a relic from the past, one of many bog mummies that have been found in Jutland.

So who was this ancient mummy? Nearly sixty years of examination have revealed that this was a hanging victim, possibly as a sacrifice. Rope marks were discovered around his neck and his tongue was swollen, as is common with hanging victims. An autopsy of the man's stomach revealed a last meal of veggies and a variety of seeds, some wild, some not.

Unfortunately, preservation techniques in the 1950s were limited. Ultimately, only the Tollund Man's head, feet, and right thumb were permanently preserved. Today they are on display in Denmark attached to a replica body crafted using the original skeleton.

This peaceful face of a careworn old man was so well preserved, it was thought to be of a recent murder victim.
This peaceful face of a careworn old man was so well preserved, it was thought to be of a recent murder victim.
The replica body with the real head attached.
The replica body with the real head attached.

George Mallory's Frozen Remains

Lying face down on a frozen Everest slope lies the body of one of history's lost pioneers, George Mallory. In 1924, he and his partner Andrew Irvin attempted the impossible: to be the first humans ever to summit the tallest mountain on Earth. They set off with what would now be considered primitive climbing gear and bottled oxygen. Their last confirmed sighting was 800 feet from the summit; they would never be seen alive again.

For 75 years, the fate of the two climbers remained a mystery. Their disappearance made world headlines, and the only evidence found of the two men was one of their empty oxygen bottles and an ice axe which belonged to Irvin.

In 1999, an NOVA-BBC sponsored expedition led by Eric Simonson was launched to try to find Mallory and Irvin. This expedition used the location of Irvin's ice axe as a center-point for a search. Within hours they made history: 700 feet below the location of the axe, expedition member Conrad Anker discovered a frozen body dressed in wool and fur. They believed they had found Andrew Irvin but instead, the name tags on the body's tattered coats revealed it to be George Mallory's remains.

The body was perfectly preserved. The skin and hair were sun bleached by the harsh UV rays at that altitude. Only his clothing was in bad shape, ripped to shreds by the unrelenting wind. While no photos were ever taken of the body's face, Anker reported that it was undamaged, and a solemn expression remained frozen onto its features. How Mallory died became apparent when the researchers cleared away the rocks from around the body. A broken climbing rope was found tied around Mallory's waist, suggesting that Irvin and Mallory had been tied together and one of them fell. His ice axe was found just feet from his body, leading researchers to believe that Mallory had stopped his own fall, but the axe-shaped puncture found on his forehead suggested that he was killed in the process. Before leaving, the researchers buried Mallory's body in a cairn.

The biggest mystery of all still remains: Did Mallory reach the summit? An extensive search of the body's pockets revealed that his camera was missing, along with a photo of his daughter that he intended to leave at the summit.

Andrew Irvin has never been found.

George Mallory
George Mallory
Mallory's broken right leg reveals just how violent the fall really was.
Mallory's broken right leg reveals just how violent the fall really was.
Mallory's mummified body as it was found in 1999.
Mallory's mummified body as it was found in 1999.

The Cherchen Man

This discovery forced historians to rethink their beliefs about the interaction of Eastern and Western civilizations, because this 3,000-year-old mummy is caucasian yet was buried in China. One of several hundred mummies that are now known as China's Celtic Mummies, he was found alongside three women and a baby in Turkestan, China. The clothes he was wearing were as baffling as the mummy itself: Perfectly preserved, they were made of European wool.

DNA testing has confirmed that the Cherchen Man, and those buried with him, were indeed of European decent. Yet how they ended up in China is still an unsolved mystery. Carbon dating of items found in the tomb confirmed it was an ancient site and not a modern hoax. The dry, salty air of the tomb is responsible for the perfect condition of the mummy and artifacts which include wheat, wool cloths, blankets, and even a baby bottle.

Terézia Hausmann

At first glance, one would wonder why this 200-year-old body would make it on a list of best-preserved mummies. In this case, it's not the body itself, it's what lies inside her that puts her on this list.

In 1994, a cache of 242 naturally preserved mummies were found in the crypts of a church in Vác, Hungary. Among them, 28-year-old Terézia Hausmann. This unassuming young woman, who died in 1797, would hold a medical milestone that could potentially help in the fight against disease.

When tissue samples of Terézia's lungs were tested, they found the perfectly preserved genome of tuberculosis hidden inside. No doubt the young woman died during a tuberculosis outbreak at the dawn of the 19th century, along with many others buried alongside her. By comparing these samples with those of modern tuberculosis, scientists can see precisely how the disease has evolved in the last two centuries.

Terézia Hausmann 200 years after her death.
Terézia Hausmann 200 years after her death.
An artist's rendering of Terézia Hausmann in state.
An artist's rendering of Terézia Hausmann in state.

Ötzi the Iceman

Imagine stumbling onto a corpse so well-preserved that you think it may be a modern missing person only to later discover that you've come across the oldest naturally preserved mummy ever found. Meet Ötzi the Iceman.

Found half-submerged in ice in the Italian alps in 1991 by a group of mountain climbers, Ötzi the Iceman was first thought to be a modern corpse, the latest in a string of lost mountaineers. Instead, they found that this one had been on the mountain far longer... some 5,000 years longer.

In the decades since his discovery, we've learned that Ötzi the Iceman was between 35-45 years old when he died. He had a cache of weapons, hunting tools, and food with him and an arrowhead was found lodged in his shoulder. While the exact cause of death is unknown, prevailing theories range from exposure to the elements to a ritual sacrifice. The most accepted theory was that he bled to death as the result of the arrowhead.

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      sAM 

      8 months ago

      Thanks, that was very interesting...

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      Carlo 

      10 months ago

      Otzi is in the archaeological Museum of Bolzano, Italy

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      Luke 

      12 months ago

      Where is Otzi the Ice Man??

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      Willow 

      16 months ago

      Fascinating - but allow me to make a correction. The Catholic Church does not stipulate incorruptibility as a condition required for sainthood. It's simply regarded as an indication of sanctity in those who are found that way, especially if there have been no measures taken to preserve them.

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      Alana 

      2 years ago

      This is really interesting!

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      mahsa.audio 

      2 years ago

      It was very interedting.

      thank you so much.

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      Person 

      3 years ago

      this really helped me with my school project. the only thing is, maybe have some for bodies because i need More haha

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      Missing Link 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      I stumbled across your hub and found it to be riveting. It must have taken you lots of work to create it. Thank you!

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      guest 

      5 years ago

      Ramesses has a bigger story behind him. http://againstscience.com/2008/12/31/bible-and-qur...

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      melanderson 

      5 years ago

      I agree with Star -- let the dead rest in peace. It is especially sad that Evita Peron's body violated after her death. Also the little girl is a very sad case. Let them rest away from prying eyes.

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      star 

      5 years ago

      preserving dead bodies to me is not right. let them rest in peace.

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      Pharmg539 

      5 years ago

      Hello! edafedg interesting edafedg site! I'm really like it! Very, very edafedg good!

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      jenny 

      5 years ago

      it`s really interesting,creepy and all..it was a great thing to read this,..thanks for sharing...

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      M.Yousif 

      6 years ago

      It was great thing to read thank you so much

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      Henri The Great 

      6 years ago

      Interesting!

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      Solaras 

      6 years ago

      Really interesting thanks for sharing!

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      Dawson 

      6 years ago

      More pls

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      iguidenetwork 

      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      Creepy,yes, but nevertheless fascinating! It's rare to find a complete mummy with blood still in her veins. That's really impressive.

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      Fareeha Aamer 

      6 years ago

      I found it very interesting as its ironical to c people from history n how they came to an end and still there is no end to them

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      Hooben 

      6 years ago

      Rosaria lombardo is simply impressive.

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      david 

      6 years ago

      wow i now that much

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      Jason Ponic 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque

      Thank you so much!

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      Patrick Bernauw 

      6 years ago from Flanders (Belgium)

      Good job, well done! Fascinating topic, and those pictures... "horribly beautiful". Pinned & tweeted!

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      Meg 

      6 years ago

      I think you should also include the mummy of saint bernadette..

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      Jason Ponic 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque

      Yes I do.

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      djjenny 

      7 years ago

      jasonponic do u have a facebook tht we can add u..beautiful posts there..i hav put Xiaohe as big image on fb..shes a sleepy beauty..amasing..i lov her and rozalia lots...

      its amasing how human mangd to keep bodies so fine in the time. :)

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      Jason Ponic 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque

      Thank you all very much! Keep checking back as I am continually adding to it!

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      rosalinem 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting read and it shows you have put a lot of work in it. Voted up and interesting.

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      Michael Kromwyk 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      A fascinating history jasonponic. I saw a doco on NatGeo recently on the Sicily mummies - really interesting how they were able to preserve the full features - the child looks just like a doll. Cheers Michael

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Stunning and fascinating. I have never seen anything such as this. I have read and know about the Egyptians, etc., but this is astounding and the images you provide here are beyond vivid.

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      Mary Strain 

      7 years ago from The Shire

      "La Doncella" was so poignant...poor girl! So many ancient religions demanded ritual murder to appease their gods. It must have been terrible for this girl to know she would never live to adulthood.

      Educational hub.

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      Chris Hugh 

      7 years ago

      Fascinating stuff. I wish there were a way to favorite people. As it is, I'll just have to remember to keep checking back.

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      Jason Ponic 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque

      Thank you all so much!!

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Awesome!!! Very interesting to read. I love to read these kinds of articles and stories. Voted up and shared.

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      Vidya Mallar 

      7 years ago from India

      I have never heard of such mummies either than in Egypt. This information is worth going through. Thank you so much for the share. Voted up. Have a good day..

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      peachy 

      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Awesome and amazing hub. Very informative. I have heard of mummies but this hub is the best! Rosalia Lombardo looks very lovely even though she had been gone for so long. Her father loved her deeply. I admire her dad. Voted up

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      Jason Ponic 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque

      Thank you so much! It's just getting started too! Check back as my research continues to reveal more and more!

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      Emer420 

      7 years ago

      This hub is fascinating and very creepy. I love it! I had no idea anyone could preserve a person like that.

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