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Uummannaq Fjord, Greenland - Qilakitsoq - Site of the Greenland Mummies


Above the abandoned village of Qilakitsoq is this place where the dead were placed. There was nothing particularly unusual about the burials, but due to the positioning of the burial site it was perfectly placed to mummify and preserve the bodies so they lasted where others didn't.

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Air temp: +7º C Latitude: 70º 51' N Longitude: 53º 53' W

 

These are pictures from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward. Pentax digital equipment.

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