Qilakitsoq is an old Inuit settlement on the Nuussuaq peninsula on the west coast of Greenland around 450 km north of the Arctic Circle.
In 1972 two brothers on a grouse hunt found a number of approximately 500-year-old mummies in the same grave underneath an outcrop of rock.
Owing to a combination of the particular location on a north-facing slope, the dry air and the low temperatures, the mummified remains were in a particularly good state of preservation. This enabled a successful excavation.
There were six women and two children, including a six month old baby boy, all of whom were fully dressed. The discovery of the remains brought with it a lot of new knowledge concerning the Inuit way of life and their clothing.
The eight bodies were equipped for a long journey into life after death, since according to beliefs at the time, it was considered necessary to be prepared for hunting even after death.