127 - 15th April 2006 - Chauchilla Cemetary


The white spots are actually Cochineal beetles


These beetles are the source of many Red dyes - Including those found in lipstick and cosmetics


These owls live in burrows under the desert


The hills in the area are rich in iron - Hence the orangey tone


The first mummy we saw - and yes that is his hair strung up above him


These graves were assigned to families


Though sometimes they were arranged by profession


Close up of one of the mummies


Grave with two mummies


It wasn't really that pleasant - but interesting


Sadly, many of the graves in this important archaeological site were raided by grave robbers - There are quite a few human bones just lying around on the sand


Another grave


Another grave


The desert of Chauchilla


Three mummies in a grave - They were wrapped in cotton and then seven layers of ponchos - Often brightly coloured


Femur bone in the sand


Bob Marley


The Chauchillans were surprisingly tall - Perhaps up to 6ft


This man was buried with his pet parrot


Chauchilla Cemetary


One of the best preserved mummies on display in the museum


Pottery display back in the village


You can tell we were impressed


Painting is hard