Huge c.emetery right below the Atacama desert: Filled with dried c.orpses in all positions lying, sitting, even laughing

Mummies that date back thousands of years lie under the dry sand, where it is hot during the day and frigid at night. The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and Southern Peru may have the greatest concentration of mummies anywhere in the world.

Mummies that date back thousands of years lie under the dry sand, where it is hot during the day and frigid at night. The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and Southern Peru may have the greatest concentration of mummies anywhere in the world.

Giant cemeteries are located close to the ocean in a vast region of dry desert. Mummies that date back thousands of years lie under the dry sand, where it is hot during the day and frigid at night.

Mummies in every posture—lying, sitting, grinning, etc. The mummies’ hair and skin are still in tact.

Scientists believe that this is the ancient Chinchorro people’s grave, who inhabited the Atacama desert around ten millennia ago.

The Chinchorro people of ancient times had highly developed mummification techniques. The driest desert on earth is hot and dry, and that’s what’s done most to preserve the mummy. Bacteria cannot thrive on corpses because of their quick dehydration and high salt environment. The body is rapidly dehydrated at temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Celsius.

Not only are there mummies of men, women, and children in this desert, but there are also mummies of animals and household pets. The fact that there are so many mummies of newborns—even aborted fetuses—makes them unique.

The age of the mummies was determined by scientists using the carbon technique to be more than 7,000 years old. In this desert, the newest mummies discovered date back 3,000 years. The oldest mummies in the world are said to be at this graveyard.

For many millennia, the Chichorro people of antiquity engaged in the process of mummification. Perhaps as many as a million bodies were embalmed throughout this extended period of time.

The finger of a 7,000-year-old mummy is still present.
Scientists conclude that there was once a highly advanced society in this area based on this enormous mummy graveyard. Many thousands of years before the ancient Egyptians, the Chichorro people reached the pinnacle of their society.

Embalming is done by craftsmen after a death. Because of their exceptional creative abilities, the craftsmen who do this job are true artists.

To remove the internal organs, doctors first made surgical incision in the abdomen. Remove the brain by chopping off the head of the body. They filled the corpse’s stomach with clay. Occasionally, they would load their heads and stomachs with animal hair or thread. The pieces of bone received an application of black manganese ore ash. Mummies were encased in wooden boxes, tied in rope, or clothed in reed clothing.

A lot of mummies had black ash masks on. The deceased person’s face is shielded from damage by that thick covering of black ash, which is also incredibly resilient. A few mummies had wigs on. Wigs were used by living humans to replace the hair that fell off of the mummies.

It follows that there is probably a close connection between the living and the dead. The Chichorro people of antiquity thought their forefathers would live on forever.

A lot of mummies had black ash masks on. The deceased person’s face is shielded from damage by that thick covering of black ash, which is also incredibly resilient. A few mummies had wigs on. Wigs were used by living humans to replace the hair that fell off of the mummies.

It follows that there is probably a close connection between the living and the dead. The Chichorro people of antiquity thought their forefathers would live on forever.


Scientists studying and categorizing ancient Chichorro corpses discovered that mummification methods varied widely and evolved throughout time. Mummification methods get more sophisticated technologically throughout time.

The ancient Chichorro people enjoyed eating seafood, with sea items being their major meal, according to an analysis of the elements found in the bones. Given that their home is next to the water, this makes sense. However, it’s also evident that ten millennia ago, the Chichorro people were skilled at going to the sea to get fish.

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