Makhunik mummy
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Age 16 or 17 at the time of death
Status discovered in 2005
Height 25 cm
Culture Persian
Date(s) Sassanid Empire (224 to 651 AD)
Site historical fortress of Gudiz in Kerman province near Shahdad city
Current Location
Location village of Makhunik
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In the ancient Persian village of Makhunik, a miniature mummified body was found. It was believed that the city consisted on miniature people since the walls of the city were only 190 cm at its highest.


The mummy was illegal excavated near the fortress of Gudiz in Kerman province. Smugglers attempted to sell the mummy to Germany for 3 million dollars. The mummy had a thin layer of skin, which was thought could have been material used to mummify it, covering it.



Some people believe that the discovery of this dwarf mummy to be evidence or at least lead to stories such as Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver’s Travels, where he meets miniature men or even the Hobbits of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Ring. Studies by archaeologist show that the city was abandoned 5000 years ago due to a drought. The inhabitants never returned to their city.


Additional InfoEdit

External LinksEdit


Holloway, A. (2014, May 28). Is Makhunik an Ancient City of Little People? Retrieved March 15, 2016, from

Menj, J. (2014, July 7). Legends revisited: The city of little people. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from

M. (2014, May 28). Makhunik - 5,000-Year-Old City Of The Dwarfs | Retrieved March 15, 2016, from

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