Agnaiyaaq ("Little Girl")
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Agnaiyaaq ("Little Girl")
Age Est. 5-8 Yrs.
Sex Female
Status Child
Height N/A
Culture Eskimo
Date(s) Thule Culture (c. A.D. 800-1200)
Site Ukkaqsi
Current Location
Location reburied, Old Whaling Village in Barrow, Alaska
Catalog #

Agnaiyaaq or "Little Girl" was five to eight years old when she died over 800 years ago. This child was found in Ukkaqsi in Utqiagvik, an old whaling village. She had very little in terms of possessions and was found with a toboggan, parka, a small skin bag, and hide rope.


Due to the frigid climate documented in this region during this time period, the body was found well preserved in ice and the exterior of the body was intact.


The cause of death was found to be starvation after an autopsy and x-rays found various non-edible objects, such as rocks and twigs, being consumed. In addition, autopsies also found that she suffered from several diseases including:Pulmonary Edema, Hypoproteinemia, an accumulation of bloody fluids in the chest cavity, a collapsed left lung, Emphysema and Alpha-1-Antitrypsin deficiency (a rare congenital disease). All of these contributing to the cause of her death.

External Links

Zimmerman, M., Jensen, A., & Sheehan, G. (2000). Agnaiyaaq: The Autopsy of a Frozen Thule Mummy. Arctic Anthropology, 37(2), 52-59. Retrieved from

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