A six-month-old baby boy was found mummified and was mistaken for a doll. The baby was buried alive along with his mother who was dead. He was buried alive because there was no one to take care of them. He was also buried with another two-year-old boy and along with six women who were all different ages. The baby boy is the oldest remains that is perserved to ever be found in Inuit.


The baby boy was mummified naturally in a cave that was shallow and had a temperature of sub-zero with dry and dehydrating winds. The bodies were found to be stacked on top of one another and having animal skin layers between them. They were a meter apart in two graves. The very first grave had only three women, a boy only two years old and the boy who was six-months-old. The second grave only contained three different aged women. He was discovered in 1972 and his present location is Greenland.

Scientific study

 A DNA study that was conducted showed that there were around two sets of mummies related and one mummy that was unrelated to the groups and who might be perhaps married into the family. Studies also showed that one of the older women who was mummified showed signs of blindness and deaf and she suffered from other conditions and diseases including a tumour that was malignant.


Holloway, April. 10 Feb 2014. "The mummies of Qilakitsoq and the Inut baby that captured hearts around the world". Ancient origins. 2 March, 2017. Retrieved from 

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