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Sandweiss Comments in Article on Mummies

University of Maine anthropologist Dan Sandweiss was interviewed by ScienceNews for an article on a recently published theory about early mummification in South America’s Chinchorro culture. Sandweiss, who is also dean and assistant provost for graduate studies, said the theory that the Chinchorro people began mummifying their dead some 7,000 years ago in northern Chile and southern Peru after seeing naturally mummified corpses in deteriorating shallow graves is plausible but difficult to prove with current evidence.

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