Tocharian Child
Takla Makan Mummy Child
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age ~1 year
Sex male
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Culture Afanasevo Indo-European
Date(s) 1800 BCE
Site Tomb 2
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog # Unknown
The Takla Makan mummies, found in the Xinjiang region or Tarim Basin of China in the late 1980's, date from 1800 BCE. Though found in the Chinese desert, they possess Nordic/European features and had reddish-blond hair. The child mummy was found in a tomb amongst others.


The male child is believed to be one year of age, and found in "Tomb 2" with two other older females. The child is believed to have been buried alive.


The arid desert helped preserve the body; the hot and dry climate most likely dried out the body.


While not specifically conducted on the child, many sought the reason as to why the Tocharians settled/existed in the area they did and where their origin lay.


Other mummies from this group include the Cherchen Man, The Beauty of Loulan and The Cherchen Mummies.

The Tarim Basin no longer resembles the wetlands that were present during the time of the Cherchen people and has now been completely taken over by the Taklamakan Desert.


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