Indian Baby found in a West Texas
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Indian Baby found in a West Texas
Age 18 months
Culture Aboriginal Tribe known as the Basketweavers
Date(s) 1200 A.D
Site Benevidas Ranch
Current Location
Location Texas
Catalog #


This is a research paper for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1967. It describes the discovery of two mummified Indian babies from 1200 or earlier, found near Pinto Canyon in 1952. It describes how they were preserved. One was sent to the Smithsonian Institute and the other was on display at a local motel. The paper also mentions other artifacts found in the cave.


The babies were wrapped in coyote or rabbit fur and then in blankets woven of lechigus. The outer covering was a deer hide. These layers produced the mummifying affects and the bodies appeared to be dried out and not disintegrated.



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