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Zaghunluq Tarim Mummies, Cherchen / Qiemo, Xinjiang, China

All these Tarim mummies were among many excavated at the Zaghunluq cemetery near the city of Cherchen / Qiemo, Xinjiang, China. Of more than 800 tombs here, less than 100 have been excavated to date. Zaghunluq is along the southern rim of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin.


The two mummies in the upper left, 2,400 years old, are on display at Zaghunluq, as are 14 other mummies in a group tomb. See some of these fourteen 2,600-year-old mummies in another photo in this set, where they can be visited in their original resting place in the Zaghunluq Ancient Mummy Tomb.


You can see the mummies in the tomb and the mummies in the upper left of this image by visiting Cherchen / Qiemo in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.


The other mummies in this photo were also unearthed in Zaghunluq but are on display elsewhere: The man in the lower left, known as Cherchen Man (3000 years old), and the woman on the lower right, known as Cherchen Woman (3000 years old), and the baby were all discovered in the same tomb and are on display in the Xinjiang Regional Museum in Urumqi, Xinjiang. The woman in the upper right, whose tattooed hand is shown at center bottom, was discovered in a separate tomb in the same cemetery and is on display in the museum in Korla, Xinjiang.


Read more about these mummies in the descriptions of other images in this set:

Sights in Cherchen / Qiemo, Xinjiang, China.


Read a detailed background and history of the: Zaghunluq Ancient Mummy Tomb.


Many other mummies have been found in a number of other locations around the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin.


See more than a hundred images of the town near the tombs -- including sights, people, street scenes, lodging, dining and more -- here at Flickr at my Cherchen / Qiemo collection.


See Central Asia Traveler on Cherchen / Qiemo - Ancient Mummies and Modern Comforts, with more than 50 pages on sightseeing, transport, hotels, restaurants, history and culture. Sights include ancient mummies and petroglyphs, jade mines, desert oil field tours, and wild animal safaris as well as a traditional river oasis pastoral culture and the deep dunes of the Taklamakan Desert.

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Taken on January 17, 2008