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Cruises visiting Qilaqitsoq & all Qilaqitsoq cruises for  2019-2020

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Qilaqitsoq is an archaeological site on Nuussuaq Peninsula, on the shore of the Uummannaq Fjord in NW Greenland. The major attraction is to unearth history’s mysteries as one visits the gravesite of 500-year old mummies, the best-preserved human remains in all of North America. The remains were found in an icy tomb dated to 1460 CE. Four of these bodies were buried under a rock in cold temperatures, and in essence, they were freeze-dried. Commonly referred to as the Greenland Mummies, eight mummies - six women of various ages, a six-month old baby, and a four year old boy - were discovered in 1972 at a remarkable abandoned settlement called Qilakitsoq.

All of the mummies were well-nourished in the period before death on a diet that consisted of 75% seafood and 25% from plants and animals, such as reindeer. Accompanying the eight bodies were seventy-eight items of clothing, most made out of seal skin. The only thing that is known for sure is that the little Inuit baby was buried alive. Inuit custom dictated that a tribe might suffocate or bury a child alive if they could not find a woman to care for it after the death of its mother.

Whatever the cause of the death for the others, it seems the baby was sent to accompany his mother to her grave. The six-month-old child and three of the female mummies are on permanent display at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk. DNA studies indicated that there were two sets of related mummies and one mummy unrelated to any of the group. She is thought to have perhaps married into the family.