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Chinese Mummies Exhibit in Santa Ana, Houston and Philadelphia

By February 20, 2010

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A Tarim Basin mummy from China

An exciting new exhibit of the famous Tocharian mummies of China is touring the United States for the next year. The exhibit, called "Secrets of the Silk Road: Mystery Mummies of China," includes 150 artifacts plus three of the mummies: a man, a woman and an infant.

These mummies are famed as one of the great mysteries of Asian history. Although they represent a people who lived in western China for more than 3,000 years, beginning around 2,000 BCE, they appear to be of European rather than Asian descent. The mummies have red or blond hair, high nose bridges, and the men have full beards. More amazing yet, they wear perfectly preserved woven clothing of a Celtic-style tartan plaid.

See this wonder of the ancient world at Santa Ana, California's Bowers Museum from March 27 to July 25, 2010, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from August 28, 2010 to January 2, 2011, or at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from February 5, 2011 to June 5, 2011.

Photo by Aurel Stein, c. 1910. Public domain due to age, via Wikipedia.


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