Cherchen Mummies
Biographical Information
Name(s) Cherchen Mummies
Age 50
Sex men
Status n/a
Height 6feet6inches
Culture chinese
Current Location
Location china
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Mummies known as 'Cherchen Man and Family' (three women and a baby) who were members of the ancient Caledonii tribe of central Scotland, have been unearthed in a burial site thousands of miles east of where the Celts established their biggest European settlements in France and the British Isles. They were found in the Taklamakan desert in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang in whose language the word "Taklamakan" means "you go in and never come out". The mummies are currently housed in glass display cases in a new museum in the provincial capital of Urumqi.


The male mummy had hair of reddish brown, high cheekbones, a long nose, full lips and a ginger beard; hardly Oriental in any way. He stood six feet tall and was buried wearing a red twill tunic and tartan leggings. Even his DNA indicates that he was indeed Celtic in origin. Cherchen Man was around fifty years old and 6 feet 6 inches tall and had his long braided hair. He had ten hats with him. One hat looks Roman, another like a Merlin the Magician conical hat, a Robin Hood cap, and a beret. He wore purply-red-brown, two piece suit that covers most of his body. He had a red strand of wool looped through both of his ear lobes. Originally the man wore soft white deerskin boots to above his knees--the left one is still there, but the right one has been torn away; revealing a horizontal striped tattoo in colors of red, yellow, and blue.


The first thing you notice about Cherchen Woman is that her chin strap failed to hold her jaw shut. When a mummy's mouth is open like this it is called a mummy gape. She and the others were all painted with a yellow substances that is believed to help preserve them. Like the Cherchen Man, she has multiple tattoos on her face, and red yarn through her ear lobes. She is over six foot tall, has braided hair and took lots of clothes with her to the grave. She and the other mummies that were found with her are on display at the Museum in Urumchi where she is displayed in her long red dress and deerskin boots.

Another women sharing Cherchen Man's tomb had light brown hair, which appears to have been freshly brushed and braided. Her face is painted with curling designs, and her striking red burial gown is still lustrous even after three thousand years under the sand of the Northern Silk Road. The bodies are far better preserved than Egyptian mummies.


External LinksEdit

China Mummies - Crystalinks. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2017, from


China Mummies - Crystalinks. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2017, from

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