Lady of Tarim
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Lady of Tarim
Age Teen
Sex Female
Status high
Height Unknown
Culture indo-european
Date(s) 3,000- 4,000
Site Tarim Basin, in Xinjiang province
Current Location
Location Western China
Catalog #

Found in a cave in Xinjiang province and given the name,  "The Lady of Tarim." It is believed that she was someone of importance who lived over 3,000 years ago.

Grave goods included fine embroidered garments of wool and leather, along with jewelry, jars and ornaments of gold, silver, jade and onyx.

Her remains are in a remarkable state of preservation.


Arid climate, cold winters and saline soil contributed to natural mummification


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