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Spirit Cave Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Spirit Cave Mummy
Age 4900 years old
Sex Unknown
Status
Height
Source
Culture
Date(s)
Site Spirit Cave, 13 miles east of Fallon, Nevada
Current Location
Location Stillwater Mountains
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BiographyEdit

The Spirit Cave mummy is the oldest human mummy found in North America.[1][2]It was discovered in 1940 in Spirit Cave, 13 miles (21 km) east[3] of Fallon, Nevada by the husband-and-wife archaeological team of Sydney and Georgia Wheeler.

MummificationEdit

The remains of two people wrapped in tule matting. One set of remains, buried deeper than the other, had been partially mummified (the head and right shoulder)

StudiesEdit

These artifacts were examined at the Nevada State Museum where they were initially estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000 years old. They were deposited at the Nevada State Museum’s storage facility in Carson City where they remained for the next fifty-four years.

PathologyEdit

Additional InfoEdit

The Spirit Cave mummy is the oldest human mummy found in North America.[1][2]It was discovered in 1940 in Spirit Cave, 13 miles (21 km) east[3] of Fallon, Nevada by the husband-and-wife archaeological team of Sydney and Georgia Wheeler.

The Wheelers, with the assistance of local residents, recovered a total of sixty-seven artifacts from the cave.

The findings were published in the Nevada Historical Quarterly in 1997 and drew immediate national attention.[8][9][10][11]

External LinksEdit

  • Spirit Cave Man series from the Reno Gazette-Journal Offline as of 2010-April-18.
  • Spirit Cave Man Court Documents from Friends of the Past

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