Origins of the mysterious Tarim Basin mummies revealed

The dry Tarim Basin, in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of north-western China, is home to hundreds of naturally mummified human remains, all between 4,000 and 1,800 years old. Little is known about the people who became the “Tarim Basin mummies”, although their burial sites have provided clues about their society and economy. Until now it’s … Continue reading Origins of the mysterious Tarim Basin mummies revealed

Mud shroud

Advanced scientific techniques have revealed a rare painted shell, or carapace, of mud within the wrappings of an Egyptian mummified body, throwing existing knowledge about mummies into question.  It’s the first time this type of ancient body preservation from the dynasty has been discovered, according to Karin Sowada from Sydney’s Macquarie University, who led the … Continue reading Mud shroud

Scans tell three tales of ancient Egypt

Three mummified animals have been digitally unwrapped and dissected in unprecedented detail, providing, the researchers say, new insights into religion and human-animal relationships in ancient Egypt. Previous investigations had identified the animals as a snake, a bird and a cat, but little else was known about what lay inside the wrappings. However, high-resolution 3D scans … Continue reading Scans tell three tales of ancient Egypt