Rare 100-Year-Old Natural Mummy Unearthed in Colombia: A Fascinating Archaeological Discovery

Kane Khanh | Archeaology
September 15, 2023

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Th𝚎 n𝚊t𝚞𝚛𝚊l m𝚞mmi𝚎s 𝚏𝚘𝚞n𝚍 in t𝚘m𝚋s in th𝚎 high m𝚘𝚞nt𝚊ins 𝚘𝚏 C𝚘l𝚘m𝚋i𝚊 𝚛𝚎m𝚊in 𝚊 m𝚢st𝚎𝚛𝚢 t𝚘 sci𝚎ntists. Alth𝚘𝚞gh th𝚎 m𝚞mmi𝚏ic𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚙𝚛𝚘c𝚎ss inv𝚘lv𝚎s int𝚎nti𝚘n𝚊ll𝚢 𝚍𝚛𝚢ing 𝚊n𝚍 m𝚊𝚛in𝚊ting th𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 with ch𝚎mic𝚊ls, th𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚍i𝚎s 𝚏𝚘𝚞n𝚍 in S𝚊n B𝚎𝚛n𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚘 w𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊cci𝚍𝚎nt𝚊ll𝚢 𝚎m𝚋𝚊lm𝚎𝚍.

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Astonishing photos show the 'natural mummies' of San Bernardo | Daily Mail  Online

Astonishing new photos show the extremely well-preserved ‘natural mummies’ housed in a Colombian mausoleum that are thought to date back only around 100 years.

More than a dozen of the bodies are on display in glass cases at a mausoleum in San Bernardo, Colombia, high within the Andes and 40 miles southwest of the country’s capital Bogota.  Astonishing photos show the 'natural mummies' of San Bernardo | Daily Mail  Online

Why they’re so well-preserved is a mystery, although some experts think it’s because of the local climate and altitude, which could affect the chemical composition of the earth and act like a natural embalmer.

However, locals think it’s due to a native diet that includes guatila, also known as chayote, a green, spiky fruit — although this theory does not account for why the mummies’ clothes are in a good state of preservation too.

Stunning photos show naturally preserved mummies in Colombia

Stunning photos show naturally preserved mummies in Colombia