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Oslo Mummies
Human Mummy
2500-years-old-south-american-mummies
Biographical Information
Name(s)
Age 600-2500 Years Old
Sex Male
Status Deceased
Height Varying
Source
Culture Chilean
Date(s)
Site Oslo University
Current Location
Location Oslo, Norway
Catalog #
The Oslo Found Mummies are four mummified bodies found in Oslo, Norway's Ethnographic Museum Warehouse. The bodies were discovered to have been shipped to the museum in the 1930's by Norwegian emigrant Gunnar Nergaard. After emigrating to Chile in the 1930's Nergaard came into possession of the mummified bodies and shipped them back to Oslo's Norwegian Ethnographic Museum. The four mummies vary in age from 600 years old to 2500 years old.

Mummification

Though so far unknown the most likely mummification technique used would have been ancient Chinchorro natural mummification techniques. This is achieved through the soil make up of northern Chile, with soil that is rich in nitrates and salts that help preserve the body. the hot dry conditions help to ensure the drying and mummification process.

Studies

The mummies are currently being studied at the Oslo University.

Additional  

Found in 2015, these mummies were not well known and did not receive a wide amount of press.

External Links

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/1995/03/chinchorro-mummies/arriaza-text

https://www.nrk.no/ho/fant-2500-ar-gamle-mumier-pa-museumslager-i-oslo-1.12239509

https://thornews.com/2015/03/04/found-2500-years-old-mummies-in-oslo-museum-warehouse/

References

Arriaza, B. (1995, March). Chile's Chinchorro mummies. Retrieved from http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/1995/03/chinchorro-mummies/arriaza-text

Hagen, K. O. (2015, April 3). Found 2500 year old mummies in museum warehouse. Retrieved from https://www.nrk.no/ho/fant-2500-ar-gamle-mumier-pa-museumslager-i-oslo-1.12239509

Lanneskog, T. (2015, March 4). Found 2500 year old mummies in Oslo warehouse. Retrieved from https://thornews.com/2015/03/04/found-2500-years-old-mummies-in-oslo-museum-warehouse/

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