Qilakitsoq, Greenland

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Burial ground beneath an overhanging rock on the west coast of Greenland where the mummified remains of eight people were excavated in 1972. The bodies, all women and children between the ages of six months and 50 years, had been buried in two graves between ad 1425 and 1525. The quality of preservation was high because of mummification through natural freeze‐drying, with the clothing largely intact and the remains of the last meal in the stomach of one. Five of the adults had facial tattoos. All the bodies belonged to the archaeologically defined Thule Tradition.


J. P. Hart Hansen, J. Meldgaard, and J. Nordqvist, 1985, The mummies of Qilakitsoq. National Geographic, 167(2), 190–207

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