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Mummies in the Capuchin Crypt of Brno
Image by Morgan Davis

Mummies in the Capuchin Crypt of Brno

The Capuchin Crypt in Brno was used for burying Capuchin monks from 1656 to 1784. Thanks to a clever ventilation system, the deceased brothers laid to rest without a coffin were naturally mummified. Capuchin Crypt beneath the Church of...
ARP Recruitment Poster
Image by Imperial War Museums

ARP Recruitment Poster

UK Government Air Raid Precautions (ARP) recruitment poster used during the Second World War (1939-45), particularly during the London Blitz and German bombing raids on other cities to encourage volunteers to become air raid wardens. (Imperial...
Italian Detainees Working to Clear Rubble During the Blitz
Image by Imperial War Musuems

Italian Detainees Working to Clear Rubble During the Blitz

A photograph showing two Italian detainees being used in a demolition gang to remove rubble from damaged buildings and streets during the London Blitz. During the war, some 27,000 foreign nationals were detained in camps by the authorities...
Ötzi, the Iceman
Image by South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/Ochsenreiter

Ötzi, the Iceman

Ötzi, the Iceman, lived during the Copper Age in the late Neolithic (c. 3300 BCE) and was murdered in the Schnalstal/Val Senales Valley, in South Tyrol. His body was preserved naturally in the ice and found by hikers some 5300 years later...
Princess of Xiaohe
Image by Fossilmike

Princess of Xiaohe

"Beauty of Xiaohe", one of the Tarim mummies, buried c. 1800-1500 BCE, excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang, in 2003. Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit, Houston Museum of Natural Science...
Lady Dai, Xin Zhui
Image by Gary Todd

Lady Dai, Xin Zhui

The body of Xin Zhui (c. 217 BCE to 168/169 BCE), aka Lady Dai, was extremely well preserved in her tomb. She was buried in four coffins in an underground burial chamber, where the conditions were ideal to prevent decomposition. The tomb...
North American Rattlesnake
Image by Victor Rocha

North American Rattlesnake

North American Rattlesnake – crotalus cerastes – photographed by Victor Rocha at Mesquite Springs campground, Death Valley National Park, California.
Black Chinchorro Child Mummy
Image by Regional Program for Protection of the Chinchorro Sites / Bernardo Arriaza

Black Chinchorro Child Mummy

A Chinchorro child, mummified using the black technique. The Chinchorro culture flourished on the northern coast of the Atacama Desert in northernmost Chile from approximately 5450 BCE to 890 BCE and produced the world's oldest intentionally...
The Tollund Man
Image by Silkeborg Museum

The Tollund Man

The Tollund Man was c. 30-40 years old when he died by hanging c. 405-380 BCE. He was found in 1950 in a bog c. 10 km west of Silkeborg. The Tollund Man's head was preserved but his body dried out; now a recreation of the body is on display...
Yde Girl
Image by Drents Museum

Yde Girl

The Yde Girl died sometime between the 1st century BCE and the 2nd century CE. She was about 16 years old when she died; most likely she was executed or sacrificed. Her body was discovered in 1897 in a bog near Yde, Drenthe, the Netherlands...
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