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Shaman of Yanghai
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Shaman of Yanghai
Age 35-45
Sex m
Culture Indo-European
Date(s) 900BC
Site Yanghai Tombs
Current Location
Location China
Catalog #

At the Yanghai Tombs near Turpan, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China, which dates to around 900 BC, was found the tomb of a presumed shaman who wore bells on his boots.

The mummy, found within Room 90, Group 1, was one of the three clusters of tombs found in Yanghai. He a man of about 35-45 years old, a Caucasoid with fair hair and blue eyes.

Grave good included a bag, bridles, pots, archery equipment, a kongou harp, and almost two pounds of marijuana, picked and cleaned, set in a wooden bowl in a leather basket


Naturally mummified in the arid, saline soil and freezing winter conditions.


Botanical examination including phytochemical investigation, and genetic deoxyribonucleic acid analysis by polymerase chain reaction that the plant material contained tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis, as well as a novel genetic variant with two single nucleotide polymorphisms.

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