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Hami Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Hami Mummy aka Man with a Dozen Hats
Age Unknown
Sex male
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Indo-European
Date(s) 1400 - 800 BC
Site
Current Location
Location Taklamakan Desert
Catalog # Unknown

The Hami Mummy is one of the mummies found at the Qizilchoqa cemetery near Wupu (“Fifth Burg”), about 60 km to the west of Hami (Qumul).

Mummification

The mummies found in Taklamakan desert were well preserved because of dryness of desert. The arid conditions allowed for preservation of tattoos on several mummies.

Studies

Among his grave goods were a beret made of the oldest recorded example of nålebinding - a fabric creation technique predating both knitting and crochet. Also known in English as “knotless netting,” “knotless knitting,” or “single needle knitting,” the technique is distinct from crochet in that it involves passing the full length of the working thread through each loop, unlike crochet where the work is formed only of loops, never involving the free end. It also differs from knitting in that lengths must be pieced together during the process, rather than a continuous strand of yarn that can easily be pulled out. Archaeological specimens of fabric made by nålebinding can be difficult to distinguish from knitted fabric. Examples have been found in Scandinavia.

Also found was a Turkic-style cap made of thick brown felt with white ornamental stitching and plaids employing the same weave (diagonal twill) as plaids from Celtic sites in Europe dating to around the same period (ca. 1000 BC).

Additional

Other associated mummies include Cherchen Man, and the Witches of Subeshi.

External Links

https://ensignmessage.com/articles/mummies-textiles-offer-evidence-of-europeans-in-far-east/

https://www.penn.museum/sites/expedition/ancient-mummies-of-the-tarim-basin/

Tarim Mummies.Retrieved April 5, 2016 from Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarim_mummies

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