The Inuit baby was part of a group of 8 mummies (6 women and 2 children) found in 1972 at a gravesite near the former coastal settlement of Qllakitsoq, a desolate area of Greenland.  The graves were dated to 1475 AD.  One of the women had a malignant tumour near the base of her skull which most likely caused her death.  The Inuit baby, a boy aged about 6 months old, appeared to have been buried alive with her.  Inuit custom at that time dictated that the child be buried alive or suffocated by its father if a woman could not be found to nurse it.  The Inuit believed that the child and its mother would travel to the land of the dead together.


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