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Haida Mummy Rediscovered




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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In 1940, Julian Steward was led to a Haida internment site on Dall Island in Southeastern Alaska. The remains of four individuals were observed, three were skeletonized and one was well mummified. Images from the 1940 expedition show preservation was excellent, due to the individual's burial box resting off of the ground on top of wooden poles and sheltered under a rock over hang. Housed at the Smithsonian Institution, current observation presents an individual whose skin has been removed, organs likely disposed of, and most of the skeleton disarticulated. This research describes further the history of the find, the current state of the remains, the health of the individual, and comparisons to similar mummified remains reported in the literature.

Conference Name

7th World Congress on Mummy Studies

Conference Location

San Diego, CA

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