Cherchen Man

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Cherchen Man or Chärchän Man is a mummy discovered near the town of Qiemo (Cherchen) in the Taklamakan Desert, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, western China. Cherchen Man "died around 1000 BC".[1] The mummy is described as: a 3,000 year old male, "6-foot-6-inch giant with Caucasian features" (though Mallory and Mair put his height at no more than 5'5"[2] ), with hair that is "reddish brown flecked with grey, framing high cheekbones", an "aquiline" "long nose, full lips and a ginger beard", whose face is tattooed with "yellow and purple patterns", it wears "a red twill tunic and tartan leggings"; it is also described as looking "like a Bronze Age European", "a Celt".[3][4][5][6] The Tarim Basin mummies are not limited to men. A female mummy was also found and is called Cherchen Woman. [7]

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  1. ^ J. Hare, The mysteries of the Gobi Desert. Taylor & Francis, 2009.
  2. ^ Mallory, JP; Mair, Victor H. (2000). The Tarim Mummies. London: Thames & Hudson. p. 190. ISBN 0-500-05101-1. 
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/13/books/books-of-the-times-silent-giants-as-guides-on-an-ancient-thoroughfare.html
  4. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/a-meeting-of-civilisations-the-mystery-of-chinas-celtic-mummies-413638.html
  5. ^ http://anthropology.net/2009/07/21/otzi-icemans-tattoos-were-born-in-fire/
  6. ^ J. Hare, The mysteries of the Gobi Desert. Taylor & Francis, 2009.
  7. ^ Elizabeth, Barber (1999). The Mummies of Urumuch. Macmillan. p. 47.