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First Mummies May Have Been Inspired by Field of Corpses

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the chinchorro-people-were-trve-kvlt dept.

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sciencehabit writes with a story about a field strewn with corpses in shallow graves. From the article: "Trekking through Chile's Atacama Desert 7000 years ago, hunter-gatherers known as the Chinchorro walked in the land of the dead. Thousands of shallowly buried human bodies littered the earth, their leathery corpses pockmarking the desolate surroundings. According to new research, the scene inspired the Chinchorro to begin mummifying their dead, a practice they adopted roughly 3000 years before the Egyptians embraced it."

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Would HOSTS file have prevented this? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40978835)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

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Re:Would HOSTS file have prevented this? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40980687)

Jay Little, you are a turd.

Re:Would HOSTS file have prevented this? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981975)

I don't think the Chinchorro looked up the Atacama desert on the internet. Therefore a HOSTS file would not have prevented them going there. It would not have prevented them seeing the corpses. And since it is highly improbable that they learned mummification on the internet, it also would not have prevented them to start mummifying their dead.

Or in short: The answer to you question is NO.

COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40978837)

Out of all the years I've been watching /., I don't think I've ever seen a more bad-ass story title.

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (2)

Grayhand (2610049) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979233)

Out of all the years I've been watching /., I don't think I've ever seen a more bad-ass story title.

I guess it's better than a more literal "First Mummies May Have Been Inspired by Field of Dried out Bodies"

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979631)

I'm not sure how mummies get inspired by anything. They're mummies.

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979253)

Careful now, you'll inspire a new editorial trend... M$ fucks with Linus, swears this time its personal... Steve Jobs' diaries cause virtual jihad... Gooogle is pickin yo pocket muthafucka, whatchoo gonna do bout it... the butchification of this corner of geekdom isn't something to be desired neccessarily.

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (0)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980407)

Just a few seconds earlier and I'd have spit a vodka cocktail all over my beloved keyboard. Fscking hilarious comment! And from the lesser amount of time I've been watching, true. I am now going to gently place Amon Amarth into vlc and further contemplate.

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40980535)

It's so metal

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980585)

It's so metal

No.
"Field of Corpses" sounds more like a punk band.

Getting... colder (1)

pkbarbiedoll (851110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980645)

"Field of Corpses" sounds more like a deathrock or gothic rock band.

Re:Getting... colder (2)

thmsdrew (2608605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40982593)

First Mummies being a more contemporary, popular band. Everyone loves their music, thinks they're so original, pioneers, etc. Then we discover they were actually inspired by Field of Corpses?! Oh gosh!

Re:Getting... colder (1)

Urza9814 (883915) | more than 2 years ago | (#40982725)

Oblig. XKCD:
http://xkcd.com/1025/ [xkcd.com] ...I don't think I want to see that tumblr....

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (2)

Iskender (1040286) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981269)

I think it's still not as good as "Scientists Create Supersoldier from Helium."

Okay so that was someone misreading "Supersolid" but I'm still going to pretend otherwise!

Re:COOLEST ... STORY TITLE ... EVER (1)

AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) | more than 2 years ago | (#40984159)

Indeed, the story title is quite metal. "Field of Corpses" would be a great band name.

Space aliens (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40978889)

It was space aliens. Ancient civilizations were all developed by space aliens who came to Earth for some unknown reason, and decided to teach us everything.

Re:Space aliens (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981085)

Erick is that you????

Re:Space aliens (1)

MatthewCCNA (1405885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40982999)

It was space aliens. Ancient civilizations were all developed by space aliens who came to Earth for some unknown reason, and decided to teach us everything.

it's a pity they stopped before before giving us the tools, knowledge, resources, and plans for an interstellar vessel.

Re:Space aliens (2)

Nyder (754090) | more than 2 years ago | (#40984067)

It was space aliens. Ancient civilizations were all developed by space aliens who came to Earth for some unknown reason, and decided to teach us everything.

Actually it seems they came down for raw materials and "created/evolved" the "humans" to be the work force. They got what they wanted, and left. We just built ourselves up since then.

Re:Space aliens (1)

pnutjam (523990) | more than 2 years ago | (#40997247)

That explains why we don't have any unobtainium on our planet.

Re:Space aliens (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 2 years ago | (#40984361)

It was to hunt other aliens apparently, using us as human hosts. Its all very confusing and doesn't make a lot of sense, but then again I guess that is why they are alien.

Re:Space aliens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40985423)

By "space aliens" do you mean the crew of Battlestar Galactica?

ok sure but.. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40978925)

where are these 1,000s of naturally occuring mummies now? if they really had enough dead to "pock mark the landscape" like they say then there must be a lot of at least partially intact left?

Re:ok sure but.. (5, Insightful)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979041)

Hard to say, really. They may still be out there, or they may have been rounded up and (mostly) buried when the region was converted to Christianity back in the 16th-17th century or so. Probably a bit of both, considering that scientists are still stumbling across the things.

Hell, for all we know, they may have suffered the same fate as all too many Egyptian mummies, which were used as literal firewood and train boiler fuel [suite101.com] , among other things.

Re:ok sure but.. (2)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979119)

Hard to say, really. They may still be out there, or they may have been rounded up and (mostly) buried when the region was converted to Christianity back in the 16th-17th century or so. Probably a bit of both, considering that scientists are still stumbling across the things.

Hell, for all we know, they may have suffered the same fate as all too many Egyptian mummies, which were used as literal firewood and train boiler fuel [suite101.com] , among other things.

Like being ground up for medicine?

Re:ok sure but.. (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979715)

Like being ground up for medicine?

Want to cure your sore throat, little boy? Mummy knows best.

or... (1)

pkbarbiedoll (851110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980663)

being ground up for food and packaged by Soylent Corporation.

Re:ok sure but.. (3, Informative)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979225)

>>>mummies used as literal firewood and train boiler fuel,

An urban legend started by Mark Twain.

Re:ok sure but.. (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981323)

Na. He was just ahead of his time. Gotta hand it to the Nazis, they were efficient in a sick and denigrating way.

Yes, just as the linked article states. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981333)

You pedantic self-satisfied arrogant twit.

Re:ok sure but.. (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 2 years ago | (#40984085)

>>>mummies used as literal firewood and train boiler fuel,

An urban legend started by Mark Twain.

And Mark Twain was an urban legend created by this guy: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Re:ok sure but.. (1)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40985331)

And Mark Twain was an urban legend created by this guy: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

So he was the bastard who created Vista. Couldn't spell correctly either!

I went there (4, Informative)

Namarrgon (105036) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981061)

They really are everywhere, particularly the Ica/Nazca region. There are well-known fields like Chauchilla [wikipedia.org] , where there's a few very well-preserved mummies sitting in a whole field of miscellaneous bones and fabrics mixed in with the rocks. (Side note: They're all sitting out in the open, with only a simple roof covering them, and even that was only added recently after a few drops of rain fell one year. The Atacama is dry.)

And then there are minor burial areas scattered all over the place. Our guide pointed out a few caves by the side of the road in passing, some of which had been partially bulldozed when they built the road. You could see human bone fragments mixed in with the roadside rubble.

Re:I went there (1)

Captain.Abrecan (1926372) | more than 2 years ago | (#40985475)

Thanks for sharing. If that happened in the US there would be a huge investigation into the human remains, right?

Re:ok sure but.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979301)

Heh I found one https://maps.google.com/maps?q=-19.949063,+-69.633663&z=19&t=h

Re:ok sure but.. (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979703)

where are these 1,000s of naturally occuring mummies now? if they really had enough dead to "pock mark the landscape" like they say then there must be a lot of at least partially intact left?

Probably in the same place where the lost army of Cambyses II went. ;-)

Re:ok sure but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40982121)

where are these 1,000s of naturally occuring mummies now? if they really had enough dead to "pock mark the landscape" like they say then there must be a lot of at least partially intact left?

Shut up. Some archeologist with a grant to justify dreamed up a somewhat plausible story, and there isn't any evidence to refute it. Therefore it must be true.
Seriously, this is why I switched majors in college. The field of archeology is about 10% evidence, 10% sociology, and 80% bullshit.
This story is a perfect example. Here's the quote which the entire paper hinges upon:
"Given that the Chinchorro settled the Atacama coast roughly 10,000 years ago, the researchers argue that by the time the practice of mummification started about 7000 years ago, a staggering number of bodies would have piled up. A single person was likely to see several thousand naturally mummified bodies during his or her lifetime,"

Ok, so first of all we're assuming that mummification started 7,000 years ago because we don't have any evidence it started earlier. That's a far cry from finding positive evidence of mummification, for example a single group of people who we have a good timeline of artifacts which show a shift from other forms of burial (or none at all) leading up to a point where they begin to make mummies.
But then the bullshit gets deeper. They figured that the bodies would pile up, and that people would see them. Now, maybe this is true, and some of their reasoning sounds decent enough, but there is NO evidence of this at all. For all we know, the area was Taboo and the only people who went there, went there to die and nobody living ever came back to start the practice.

Or in short, they are assuming that mummification is mimickry of nature, but they don't have any hard evidence for it. So it's a nice story, but that's about all it is at this point.

Confused (3, Interesting)

readin (838620) | more than 2 years ago | (#40978951)

I found the story a bit confusing. If the climate was so dry that corpses didn't decompose, how was it wet enough to support a human population? Why weren't the corpses buried or burned in the first place? Were they burying the corpses in shallow graves and having them re-emerge for some reason?

Re:Confused (5, Informative)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#40978987)

I can only answer one of those questions, but as far as how it supported a human population, the Atacama desert [wikipedia.org] is an odd place: almost all of it is extremely dry and uninhabitable, but there are several oases that host some of the earliest sites of advanced civilization in the Americas.

Re:Confused (4, Interesting)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979057)

The easiest explanation for the other bit is that the bodies came back "up" due to wind erosion, which the Atacama, like many deserts, would probably have more than enough of to go around.

Re:Confused (3, Interesting)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979589)

Or, alternatively, the bodies were never buried by humans in the first place, and were instead partially buried by winds. If people set out through that desert trying to find another oasis, and didn't bring sufficient supplies (bearing in mind that they would have no idea what "sufficient" was), they would likely die too quickly to bury their dead.

Re:Confused (2)

Smauler (915644) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981041)

It's not that odd - the Nile delta is only a small strip of land compared to the countryside around it. It sustained one of the longest civilizations in history, in a desert region.

Also, the coast is key in many situations. If you can get water off the land, and you're on the coast, you generally should be ok for food.

Re:Confused (2)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981955)

Like most of the cultures that preserve their dead, rather than burying/burning/exposing them they had a nearby place where natural preservation occurred, desert or cave which dessicated the body, and they learned how to make this more reliable ....

Re:Confused (4, Informative)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979051)

Yeah I had to read it twice:
- From 10,000 to 7000 BCE the area was dry
- Then it became wetter so it was able to support a larger & more culturally-diverse culture
- This culture saw a bunch of dried corpses laying-around from the previous 3000 years, so they decided to start mummifying people themselves.

Re:Confused (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979307)

You forgot:

- ???
- Profit

Re:Confused (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979439)

'???' probably involves some kind of hokey religion that uses the mummies to legitimize the rule of the priest/king class

Re:Confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40980503)

I'd like to think they were being used as early forms of mannequins or puppets.

Or maybe they just didn't want their corpses to smell as bad as regular corpses.

Re:Confused (1)

ChatHuant (801522) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980769)

probably involves some kind of hokey religion that uses the mummies to legitimize the rule of the priest/king class

I see what [atlasobscura.com] you mean...

Re:Confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981339)

So how did they solve the global warming problem?

So how did they solve the global warming problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981835)

Badly.

When the climate turned dry again and food supplies dwindled, Marquet says, the population dropped. The complex Chinchorro embalming practices also petered out around that time.

Re:Confused (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40982329)

So how did they solve the global warming problem?

Well, for one, not allowing the corpses to decay is a form of carbon sequestration and it fights against the greenhouse gases.

Re:Confused (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40980245)

There's water in places. Unfortunately it has 60 times the fatal concentration of arsenic. I have no idea why the locals kept living there long enough to build an immunity...

Re:Confused (5, Interesting)

ericcc65 (2663835) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981141)

I lived in the Atacama dessert for a couple of years so I can attest to the oasis concept, at least in part. For the most part I lived in cities and didn't know where I got my water, although I know there is one main river that makes it down to Antofagasta (the Loa river). But one time I took a trip a few hours inland. Now, keep in mind, the Atacama dessert (apart from the cities) isn't like your Mojave or anything like that, with tumbleweeds and Joshua trees and cacti. It's more like the surface of the moon (in fact there is a "valle de la luna"). Between cities there is nothing but dirt.

At any rate, we eventually arrived at any incredible oasis. A nice stream flowing in a small valley, or more like a tunnel or crevice. I don't know if they were planted but there were tons of fruit trees (membrillo). Lots of lush vegetation. It was truly amazing, like something out of a movie, except you didn't see it until you were there because it was down below the surface.

I'll explain. (No, really). (1)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 2 years ago | (#40982509)

I found the story a bit confusing. If the climate was so dry that corpses didn't decompose, how was it wet enough to support a human population? Why weren't the corpses buried or burned in the first place? Were they burying the corpses in shallow graves and having them re-emerge for some reason?

Digging had not been invented because the shovel had not been invented - although that's a bit of a chicken and the egg story. :)
Why not burn the bodies? It's a desert. Not much wood around. So, the state of their technology only allowed shallow burials.

Finally, the mummification started at the start of the wet period. But that was likely a transition. So, when it slowly started to get wet, that civilization was at was commonly known as "Peak Body". Maybe it lead to mummification to avoid the rotting that all those bodies started to do?

Re:Confused (1)

knigitz (714500) | more than 2 years ago | (#40986471)

I would assume animals would eat the remains before they turned leathery, especially if they were above ground, and exposed. Plus, sand storms - they cover things. We can't know what inspired someone 7000 years ago to do something - maybe it started as a tradeskill, with a guy assuming wrapped up corpses would not smell as bad, got his neighbors to pay him to wrap up relatives they wanted to keep around, but not smell. Ornaments and other decor would be natural if they're keeping a dead relative around, perhaps in a shrine.

Cemetery of Eden (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 2 years ago | (#40978965)

"hundreds, if not thousands, of dead bodies that never decay."

Maybe they'd be preserved in the tundra, or maybe if they were encased in mud or clay, but in a shallow desert grave I don't think they're immune from the larger ecosystem.

Re:Cemetery of Eden (3, Informative)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979071)

Once the water is gone from a corpse, there really isn't much ecosystem left to go around for bacteria (or any other underground organisms that normally feed on dead human flesh).

Re:Cemetery of Eden (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40980053)

Kind of like a human beef jerky?

Re:Cemetery of Eden (1)

tragedy (27079) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980403)

Farnsworth: This is for you, Fry [He hands Fry a small, gift-wrapped mummy.] Zevulon the Great. He's teriyaki style.

Re:Cemetery of Eden (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979103)

Not sure why you're confused? Deserts dry-out the tissue & make it not decay. Even now in Egypt people are still finding thousands-year-old corpses that were not mummified, but the desert still preserved their bodies.

Well, Spluh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979135)

If you build it, they will come.

FAILZuORS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979207)

else up their aases for the state of

adv (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979345)

what Peter implied I'm blown away that some one able to get paid $8171 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you look at this website makecash16.com

Summary Is Incorrect (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979361)

Surely they meant to type "nearly 6000 years ago." We all know the Earth isn't 7000 years old.

Re:Summary Is Incorrect (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979643)

Stop it, you!

Field of Corpses (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40979777)

I only liked their early stuff.

Re:Field of Corpses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981769)

hipster

This is going to be fun... (3, Insightful)

Kittenman (971447) | more than 2 years ago | (#40979907)

"First Mummies may have been inspired by bad night's sleep"
"First Mummies may have been inspired by bird song heard by someone"
"First Mummies may have been inspired by Shakespeare's MacBeth"

Isn't there a journalistic law that covers this sort of thing, when the answer is ' but probably not'?

Re:This is going to be fun... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40981471)

Betteridge's Law of Headlines only applies to headlines that end in a question mark. "One thing though: This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word "no". The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bollocks, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it."

First mummies may have... (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | more than 2 years ago | (#40980865)

....inspired people to realize that desert sand doesn't really work that well for swimming practice.
....inspired one common Internet-phenomenon when one of them had scrawled the word "First!" on a nearby rock.
....inspired the invention of the term "dry humour."

What a great place... (1)

Shag (3737) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981477)

...to build a bunch of astronomical observatories, for astronomers who clearly never watched any horror films.

Ancient burial grounds FTW.

Mummy Band Wars (1)

stigamet (1942936) | more than 2 years ago | (#40981617)

Egyptian Mummies cited Anubis as their inspiration while calling Chileans "plebs" long before the Romans invented the related social class.

Re:Mummy Band Wars (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#40986675)

I don't think there is any written reference to Chilean people in any of the Egyptian or Roman Histories. Could site your reference?

Art Imitating Death (1)

carrier lost (222597) | more than 2 years ago | (#40984163)

Mummies are the zombies of the 1950's

I Cannot Help But Wonder (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#40986629)

What is the distance between the South American continent and the Afican continent,(at closest point) if Sea Level is 500 feet lower, and 10,000 years ago?

I'm thinking Continental Drift(an inch a year adds up), an Ice Age(caused sea level to be about 500 lower), and Reed Bundled boats(someone that didn't have a GPS then).

Pshah! Impossible! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40996977)

Everyone knows that the Earth is only 5,000 years old.
 
The most likely explanation is that Jesus brought over the technology while out touring on his Velociraptor or Dragon.

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