10 Famous Mummies In The World (Mummified People)

Mummies have always been fascinating to scientists, archaeologists and historians. There have been several discoveries of mummies from around the world.


Some of the discoveries have been a mystery. Few of the mummified people are famous. They are famous for being mysterious and well-preserved.

We learn a lot of new things from these ancient mummies. We get to know about their culture, dressing and habits. Most importantly we learn more about our history and human civilization. Which are the most famous mummies in the world?

Let’s check the list of 10 historically famous mummies who were frozen in time:

10. Ramesses the Great (Ramesses II)

Ramesses theGreat

The mummy of Ramesses II is one of the most famous in the world. He was often regarded as the most powerful, greatest and most celebrated in the Egyptian Empire. Ramesses II was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. He was originally buried in the tomb KV7 in the Valley of the Kings. Because of looting, the body was shifted to the tomb of queen Inhapy. After three days again the body was shifted to the tomb of the high priest Pinudjem II. Today the body of Ramesses II is in the Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. He was 90 when he died.

The body of Ramesses the Great was examined and found that he had strong jaw line. A French Egyptologist, Gaston Maspero first unwrapped the pharaoh. He had thick hair at the polls of his head and lesser hair near the temple area. It was also found that the king had arthritis during the last decades of his life. The king’s hair is originally thought to be red in color. It was the first mummy to get an Egyptian passport. Due to deteriorating conditions of the mummy, it was taken to Paris was examination and preservation.

9. The Tollund Man

TheTollund Man

Tollund Man is a natural mummy from a small village of Tollund, Jutland Peninsula, Denmark discovered in 1950 in a peat bog. According to radiocarbon dating, the man lived around 4th century BC during the Pre-Roman Iron Age. Physically the body was so well-preserved that it was initially thought to be a recently dead victim. One of the wives of brothers Viggo and Emil while helping to cut the peat noticed the corpse. The acid in the peat, lack of oxygen underneath the peat and the cold weather of the Nordic countries helped in the perfect preservation of the body. Upon examination and X-rays, doctors found that his heart, lungs and liver were well-preserved and his head was undamaged. The likely cause of the man’s death was due to strangulation by hanging. Scholars believe that his death was due to a human sacrifice.

8. Cherchen Man


Cherchen Man is the best known Tarim mummies. The man is found to have died around 1000 BCE. His highly well-preserved remains were found in Tomb 2 at the cemetery of Zaghunluq in Taklamakan Desert, Xinjiang, China. The desert’s arid condition with salty soil helped in the natural mummification process. The cold temperatures would have killed the bacteria responsible for decomposition. The man was buried in tomb made of mud bricks. The tomb had toppings of reed and brush. The adult mummy has Caucasoid facial features. His looks are often described as “Bronze Age European”. Few sources describe the yellow and red marks on his face as tattoos but are most likely ochre paint.

7. Grauballe Man


Grauballe Man is a mummy that was recovered from a peat bog in 1952 near the village of Grauballe, Denmark. The man’s body is from the 3rd Century BC, Germanic Iron Age. This is one of the best preserved bog bodies in the world. It has been attributed as “one of the most spectacular discoveries from Denmark’s prehistory”. For over two millennia the body has been naturally preserved in the bog. He was in his 30s when he died. His hands and legs have been incredibly preserved which has helped scientists to get his fingerprints. Immediately after its discovery, the body was taken to Prehistoric Museum in Aarhus for research and conversation. In 1955, the body was taken to Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus where it is on display.

6. Saint Bernadette


Saint Bernadette Soubirous is a famous saint from Lourdes, France. She was born on 7 January 1844. She is famous for the Marian apparitions of a “young lady” who asked for a chapel to be constructed at the nearby garbage dump of the cave-grotto at Massabielle. After her death on 16 April 1879, Soubirous’s body remained internally incorrupt.

The first exhumation of her body was on 22 September 1909 where the church representatives found that her body was void of decomposition. The church exhumed the corpse for the second time on 3 April 1919 and the doctor examining the body noted that the body was naturally mummified. Though, there were some loss of skin at certain places, majority of the body was intact. In 1925, the body was exhumed again by the church. The relics were taken to make wax casts. This time they noticed a black tinge on her face and the sunken eyes.

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