Mummies provide a window into the traditions and rituals practiced by ancient cultures. Modern analyses on their bones, teeth, hair and preserved soft tissues can also provide information on the health conditions these ancient people experienced, as well as what type of food they ate. Here's the latest news on mummies and what analyses have revealed about their lives.
About 2,000 years ago, during the time Jesus supposedly walked the Earth, people buried a young woman wearing a silk skirt in a stone grave.
The remains of a 6-inch long mummy from Chile are not those of a space alien, according to recently reported research. These findings were supposed to end the controversy but they ignited a new one.
A team of forensic scientists has managed to extract DNA from a 4,000-year-old mummy, and their finding has solved a century-old mystery of its ransacked tomb.
An ancient Egyptian coffin, previously thought to be empty, holds the mummified remains of an Egyptian priestess who lived 2,500 years ago.
Bizarre images of three-fingered "mummies" seem to be a collection of parts stolen from actual human mummies in Peru.
An archaeologist who followed a hunch has discovered the oldest figural tattoos in the world on the bodies of two 5,000-year-old mummies from Egypt.
He's back. Prince Pentawere, a man who tried (probably successfully) to murder his own father, Pharaoh Ramesses III, is back in the news for a "screaming mummy" exhibit.
The finding settles a 111-year-old mystery that began when excavators exhumed the two mummies in Deir Rifeh.
About 2,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians made homemade wrappings for mummies from "recycled" scraps of paper that people had first used to scribble down shopping lists and personal notes.
Archaeologists have excavated two ancient tombs in Luxor, Egypt, that haven't seen the light of day in about 3,500 years, according to the country's antiquities ministry.
A man hunting for mammoth tusks in Eastern Siberia came across an unexpected find in the permafrost: the mummy of a cat that lived during the last ice age.
A Russian man hunting for mammoth tusks in Eastern Siberia made an unexpected discovery in September: the incredibly furry, slightly squished mummy of a cat from the last ice age.
New 3D scanning tech will reveal details about the mummified body of a 5-year-old girl who died 2,000 years ago in Egypt.
Archaeologists found a copper blade in Switzerland that's just like the ax Ötzi the famous "Iceman" was carrying when he died.