There’s certainly something scary on the subject of mummies, however simultaneously they’re extremely interesting as well. These conserved human (and animal) bodies have lasted for years, sometimes even millennium, providing a tantalizing view into how our ancestors must have looked and lived. As such, they have been looked for by archaeologists and displayed in museums for at least two centuries. Terrified but at the same time fascinated, we’ve compiled a list of the creepiest – and among the most interesting – mummies ever discovered.
The Guanjuato Mummies – Mexico
Credits: Hans Proppe
Credits: Tomas Castelazo
The mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico are some of the strangest and possibly most horrifying in the world. The contorted expressions on some of their faces are testament to the fact that at least a few of them were buried alive. In one case, a woman was discovered to have awoken in her tomb and bitten into her arm, filling her mouth with blood.
The Qilakitsoq Baby Mummy – Greenland
This is an additional likely case of live burial, this time concerning a six-month-old boy in Greenland. He was found on top of a stack of three female mummies and another young boy, all of them preserved by the icy climate.
Rosalia Lombardo – Italy
Credits: Maria lo sposo
It’s the quality of the preservation that makes this mummy so scary. The girl appears as if she’s asleep and might wake up at any moment – which is a pretty terrifying thought! Little Rosalia Lombardo was only two years old when she died of pneumonia in 1920, in Palermo, Sicily.
Mummy With Painted Face – Egypt
Whenever you think of mummies, the first place that comes to mind is Egypt. Numerous stories and films have been made involving these preserved corpses, wrapped in bandages, coming back to life to terrorize the living. We think this one, on display at the British Museum, is particularly sinister looking with its strange drawn-on face.
Ramses II – Egypt
The fabrics over Ramses II’s body is covered in hieroglyphs, which explain that, after he was first buried in the Valley of the Kings, priests were forced to move the mummy because of looting. He had to be re-wrapped and was first relocated to the tomb of a queen, Inhapy. Later, he moved in with a high priest, Pinudjem II.