There are various fascinating things all around the world, but how human remains intrigue people, nothing else does. Archeological digs can find things that are never seen or heard about before, and finding human remains that depict a story from the past, is something that no one can resist to know more about. Different cultures on this planet, had their unique ways of preserving bodies which are valued till date:
1 – Remains Of holy monks, Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiev Pechersk Lavra is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery, contains a lot of architectural monuments, such as cave systems that are considered a very holy place. On both sides of the corridors there are coffins with glass covers, which contain mummies of saint people, the most famous being Ilya Muromets, who is regarded as the greatest of all the legendary bogatyrs.
He is believed to have been an historical person who was a 12th century warrior and, in older age, a monk named Ilya Pechorsky. Most of the coffins contain bodies covered with richly embroidered fabrics, with their palm exposed.
2 – Mummies And One Little Girl, Palermo Catacombs
Pretty little Rosalina aged 2, with her crumpled yellow hairbow, died of a bronchial infection and is lying in her tiny, wooden, glass-topped coffin in Palermo Catacombs since 90 years, quite well preserved.
The X-rays of her tiny body show her organs are astonishingly intact.
Along with her are the 2000 mummified corpses, arranged with straight-back on benches or hung from walls, which apparently date back to four centuries. The catacombs are divided into distinct areas, like for the priests, a separate side chapel houses virgins, a professional section, and the chapel for children.
3 – Egyptian Mummies, United Kingdom
The ancient Egyptians mummified their royalty, priests and sometimes pet too, which involved the process to remove the vital organs and preserve it in a jar. The tomb of Tutankhamen discovered by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon some treasure hunting activities done by other victorians, the British Museum in London holds the biggest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt such as the 5,000 years old, in the Roxie Walker Galleries and the high priestess of the Temple of Amen-Ra, which was believed to serve misfortunes to anyone who touched or owned it.
4 – The Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Nicknamed as the “Bone Church”, Sedlec Ossuary is one of the oldest sites where you can see human remains arranged artistically and with great skill, for example it features at least one of every bone in the human body within a single chandelier, and the entire chapel displays the skeletons of 40,000–70,000 people.
5 – Ramesses The Great, Cairo, Egypt
Ramesses II was a pharaoh who dutifully served Egypt during the 20th dynasty. For over a millennium, scholars have fiercely debated the events leading to his death. Thankfully, his body was treated with a complex array of different treatments following his death that preserved his mortal remains. Many questions were answered after his tomb was unearthed. CT scans discovered a deep cut on his throat, 7 centimeters (2.7 in) in length and going almost to his spine. This cut would have severed not only his major blood vessels, but his esophagus and trachea as well, ending the reign of one of the last great pharaohs of Egypt.
6 – Les Catacombes, France
Les Catacombes is a key tourist spot in Paris where millions of bodies are on display within the 320 kilometers (200 mi) of tunnels and chambers beneath the city. Due to the creepy atmosphere and darkness, it is subject to a lot of stories such as presence of fresh dead bodies, ghosts, etc.
7 – Tollund Man, Denmark
The Tollund Man, who apparently died in 350 BC, and discovered with a rope around its neck, is one of the best-preserved bog bodies in the world. It had its brain, stomach, small intestines, lungs, and heart incredibly well preserved. Examination of his finger gave the oldest collected fingerprints in the world, to the researchers and his original headlong with a recreated skin is displayed, in the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark.
8 – Barts Pathology Museum, United Kingdom
Barts Pathology Museum in London houses over 5,000 different specimens most of which, were acquired through the old judiciary system that punished criminals with execution by hanging and then anatomization. The displayed body parts include inguinal hernia from 1750, the bound foot of a Chinese woman from 1862, and also has the skull of John Bellingham, who assassinated the British prime minister. It is only open for themed events.
9 – Vladimir Lenin, Russia
The first leader of Soviet Russia, upon his request, was embalmed upon his death, with his internal organs removed and his body preserved through a strict process of bathing, re-embalming, and temperature control.. His body now lies on public display in a glass coffin in a mausoleum near the Kremlin in Red Square in Moscow. His brain, is still held in the Neurology Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
10 – The Elephant Man, United Kingdom
Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man”, suffered from Proteus syndrome that distorted his skeleton, and in a traveling freak show, he was described as half human and half beast, which made him ashamed of his body.
Merrick was eventually invited to live at the London Hospital under the care of Dr.Frederick Treves, but apparently following his death, casts were made of his body, samples were taken from his skin, and his skeleton was preserved and displayed in a glass case at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, despite rumors that he had requested a Christian burial.