Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Mummy
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Qinghai
Age 40+-
Sex m
Status elite
Height 1.62 Meters
Culture Tibet
Date(s) 1700 ya
Site Mang'ai in Qinghai Province
Current Location
Location Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
Catalog #
A Middle aged man, about 1.62 meters in height, that is said to be nearly 1700 years old. The male mummy was believed to have walked on a less frequented section of the ancient Silk Road. When found, the archaeologist noted that his face looked calm and his hands were crossed above his stomach. He was found with reeds, cloth mats, a horse's hoof, and sheep bones, which the archaeologists thought to be funeral objects of an upper class person of the time.


The Mummy was found at a construction site in the town of Mang'ai. Xin Feng, director of the museum, mentions it is in very good shape, and even suggests it could be the oldest and the best preserved mummy discovered on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Mummies are usually formed in in very dry environments which prevent bodies from decay. The area where the body was found is on the northern edge of the plateau close to Taklamakan Desert.


Mummified bodies have been found along the ancient Silk Road inside China as it crosses a wide stretch of arid land in present-day's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Traders took this route to avoid conflict on the Hexi Corridor, a much better known thoroughfare. Some were Caucasian, a testimony to the ancient Silk Road's heyday as a global trade route.


No disease is known to be associated with the mummy thus far. Research on the funeral items may lead to greater detail on the origins of the Mummy. Archaeologists will use DNA tests to find out the man's ethnicity and identity.

External Links

Xinghua (2017) China unearths millennia-old Silk Road mummy, still in "good shape". Retrieved from

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