Dating to 6,000 BCE, the Chinchorro mummies of South America are the world's oldest—a few thousand years older than their Egyptian counterparts. The Chinchorro mummification process evolved over centuries and typically involved removing the skin; stripping tissue from bone; replacing the tissue with ash paste, fur, or plant fiber; and re-covering the body with its skin. The face and other details were modeled in clay, and the body was painted. What was unique about the people who were mummified?
Back in the day
Not long after William the Conqueror named Remigius de Fécamp bishop of what was then the largest diocese in the country, he decided to move the seat of the diocese to a more central location. For the next 20 years, Remigius oversaw construction of a magnificent new cathedral in Lincoln, only to die days before its consecration. Today, its architecture is considered to be priceless. When Queen Eleanor died nearby in 1290, which parts of her body were buried at the cathedral?
Born on a day like today
An experienced archaeologist and Egyptologist, Carter began searching for the long lost tomb of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamen in the early 1900s, excavating Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, through funding by his financial backer, Lord Carnarvon. In 1922, Carnarvon gave Carter one last season to make a discovery. He did, unearthing the pristine, treasure-filled tomb that became world famous. What fact about Carter's life is often used to refute the so-called Curse of the Pharaohs?