Makhunik Mummy
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Age 16 or 17 at the time of death
Status discovered in 2005
Height 25 cm(9.84-inch)
Culture Persian
Date(s) 17th century
Site Gudiz in Kerman province near Shahdad city
Current Location
Location Makhunik
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In the ancient Persian village of Makhunik, a tiny mummified body was found. The mummy was illegally excavated near the fortress of Gudiz in Kerman province. Smugglers attempted to sell the mummy to Germany for 3 million dollars.


The mummy had a thin layer of skin, which was thought could have been material used to mummify it, covering it but was later confirmed as the skin


Anthropological studies revealed the small mummy was about 400 years old and was a premature baby that had been mummified through natural processes.


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