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    As the wife of the ruler of Dai, Xin Zhui led a life of luxury 2,000 years ago in China. When that life ended at the age of 50, she was wrapped in 20 layers of fine silk, submerged in an “elixir of immortality,” encased in four coffins, surrounded by five tons of charcoal, and entombed fifty feet underground. The body of the “Lady of Dai” has been declared the best-preserved mummy ever seen, with blood that is still liquefied, organs that are still intact, and limbs that are still flexible.

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    Pompeii: Aug. 25, A.D. 79 1 a.m.: A cloud of gas and ash plunged down on the town; the hot breath of Vesuvius killed the fugitives in a fraction of a second. By studying bone fractures and the position of the remains, anthropologist Paolo Petrone and volcanologist Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo established beyond a doubt that the fugitives were wrapped in a 900-degree Fahrenheit cloud. They died instantly of thermal shock, not from slow suffocation as scientists long assumed.

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    The mummies, because they were formed naturally, are much more gruesome looking then your standard Egyptian mummy. With gaunt and twisted faces like extras from a horror movie, and often covered in the tattered rags they were buried in, the mummies stand, lean and recline in glass cases. Perhaps the most shocking to visitors are the shrunken children and infant mummies.

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    Hand of a mummy, showing off ancient tattoos. Amazing!

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    Embalmers took the utmost care with the body of Pharaoh Thutmosis I, the third king of the 18th Dynasty. His mummy, well over 3,000-years-old, retains a lifelike appearance. Photo credit: Courtesy University of Chicago Library Egyptians stopped making mummies between the fourth and seventh century AD, when many Egyptians became Christians. But it's estimated that, over a 3000-year period, more than 70 million mummies were made in Egypt.

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    Mummified Peruvian Human Sacrifice

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    Researchers in Croatia have discovered that a 2,300-year-old mummy they thought belonged to an Egyptian woman named Kareset actually contains the body of a man who died 600 years earlier. Around 2,900 years ago, an ancient Egyptian man, likely in his 20s, passed away after suffering from a rare, cancerlike disease that may also have left him with a type of diabetes. When he died he was mummified & at some point the mummy was transferred to the 2,300 year-old sarcophagus of a woman named Kareset.

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    Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered a buried man with an iron stick in his chest in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. The man, who was buried over 700 years ago, was stabbed multiple times in the chest and the stomach, as his contemporaries feared that he would raise from the dead as a vampire. Experts believe that the man may have been an intellectual or perhaps a medic, as such individuals often raised suspicions in the Middle Ages.

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    Here is a better picture of the Bulgarian "vampire".

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    The almost complete remains of a probable British soldier have been discovered at Waterloo 200 years after the famous defeat of Napoleon in what is being hailed as one of the best ever war finds. The bones of the young trooper were found buried 15in below thick mud in the Belgian battlefield. The soldier, who was discovered lying on his back with the musket ball that felled him still between his ribs, is believed to have died on June 18, 1815 and was buried on land held by the British.

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    unwrapped cat mummy

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    Cat mummies are found around many ancient tombs, especially before and around the time of Alexander the Great. Cats were raised to be offerings. The cat goddess was named Bastet.

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    Very strange Gallo-Roman horse and human burials at Clos au Duc: Les pratiques funéraires inconnues de la nécropole antique du « Clos au Duc » à Evreux - Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives

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    Egyptian mummy from the Louvres museum

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    Mummified fish

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    Scientists have now identified Mummy KV35YL as being that of Tutankhamun's mother, her name is unknown. She was his father Akhenaten's sister.

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    Scientists have for the first time - with the help of DNA - been able to identify this skull as belonging to  King Tut's father Akhenaten. He and Tutankhamun's mother (whose name is unknown, although her mummy has now been identified) were brother & sister.

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    Cladh Hallan "woman". - In 2001, archaeologists working on the island of South Uist in the Hebrides discovered several curious skeletons. They were flexed in an unusual manner and buried, rather than cremated, which was the fashion during the period that produced them.

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    An Anglo-Saxon woman was found buried with a cow in a late 5th century cemetery in Oakington, outside of Cambridge. Anglo-Saxon warriors have been known to be buried with their horses, but this is the first time a woman has been found buried with a domestic animal. It’s the first cow burial ever found in Europe. Her high status is confirmed by the rich adornments found on her body. Grave goods include copper alloy brooches, three necklaces and hundreds of amber and glass beads.

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    Very strange Gallo-Roman horse and human burials at Clos to the Duke: high density of burials overlapping each other. On the left there are three horses simultaneously delivered.

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    Denmark (Ancient Göte) Iron Age Bog man with Asian features - Grauballemannen

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    Mummified fish

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    Bronze age Celtic Mummies in China.

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    Here’s an awesome little piece of history: Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking: [The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial ey...

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    Hand of a mummy, showing off ancient tattoos.

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