South Uist mummies reveal their secrets

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Testing of mummified remains found in South Uist in 2001 - thought to be the first evidence of deliberate mummification in the U.K - has revealed that different people had been arranged to look like the skeleton of one person.

A team from the University of Sheffield first uncovered the remains of a three-month-old-child, a possible young female adult, a female in her 40s and a male under the prehistoric village of Cladh Hallan, but tests now show the ‘female’ mummy was in fact a composite.

The composite was made up of three different people, and some parts, such as the skull, were male.

Radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analysis showed that the male mummy was also a composite.

The results of the DNA work on the Cladh Hallan mummies will feature on the latest series of Digging For Britain on BBC Two in September.