2012 was a great year for mummy discoveries around the world. From the fascinating to the bizarre, this year's mummified corpses have given a peek into the lives of people living thousands of years ago, and it wasn't always pretty.
Many of the discoveries give insight into a gruesome past, like the arrow wound that likely killed the notorious 'Iceman Otzi,' or the discovery of a fatal throat wound that killed a famous Egyptian pharaoh. Other mummies showed signs of unusual rituals, like the 2,500-year-old princess unearthed with elaborate, well-preserved tattoos, or the Egyptian corpse found with a brain-removal tool left lodged in her head.
And while some of the mummies discovered this year were Egyptian, others came from regions nowhere near the pyramids--from South America to the British Isles to Siberia, mummification has been practiced by many disparate cultures.
Check out the slideshow below to see this year's most harrowing mummies.