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The Scientific Study of Mummies
Preface Acknowledgements 1. History of mummy studies 2. Purpose of anthropogenic mummification 3. Mechanisms of mummification 4. The geography of mummies 5. Soft tissue taphonomy 6. Mummy studyExpand
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Identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA in a pre-Columbian Peruvian mummy.
The existence of tuberculosis in the pre-Columbian Americas is controversial because the morphology of the lesion is not specific, the organism is culturally nonviable in ancient tissues, andExpand
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A 9,000-year record of Chagas' disease
Tissue specimens from 283 principally spontaneously (naturally) desiccated human mummies from coastal and low valley sites in northern Chile and southern Peru were tested with a DNA probe directed atExpand
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Pre-Columbian tuberculosis in northern Chile: molecular and skeletal evidence.
Analysis of 483 skeletons from Arica (Chile) and review of mummy dissection records demonstrates an overall 1% prevalence rate for tuberculosis between 2000 B.C. and A.D. 1500. Tuberculosis casesExpand
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The Cambridge encyclopedia of human paleopathology
Preface Acknowledgements 1. History of paleopathology 2. Pseudopathology 3. Traumatic conditions 4. Congenital anomalies 5. Circulatory disorders 6. Joint diseases 7. Infectious diseases 8. DiseasesExpand
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Isolation of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in 4,000-year-old mummified human tissue from northern Chile.
A segment of DNA unique to the kinetoplast of Trypanosoma cruzi was isolated from spontaneously mummified human remains from the coastal area of northern Chile at sites dated from 2000 BC to about ADExpand
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Contributions of Chemical Dietary Reconstruction to the Assessment of Adaptation by Ancient Highland Immigrants (Alto Ramirez) to Coastal Conditions at Pisagua, North Chile
Abstract At the latitudes of northern Chile the earliest migrants from the highlands were members of the Alto Ramirez cultural group. They arrived in the lower valleys about 1000 BC, where theyExpand
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Seven Chinchorro mummies and the prehistory of northern Chile.
The mummification methods of an ancient maritime population on the northern coast of Chile are reviewed and the findings in an additional seven individuals are reported. Members of this culturalExpand
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Lead in bone II: skeletal-lead content as an indicator of lifetime lead ingestion and the social correlates in an archaeological population.
Measurements of skeletal-lead content (by atomic absorption spectroscopy) were made for 16 individuals recovered from a Colonial (1670-1730) plantation cemetery in Virginia. Archaeological andExpand
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The Frequency and Antiquity of Prehistoric Coca-Leaf-Chewing Practices in Northern Chile: Radioimmunoassay of a Cocaine Metabolite in Human-Mummy Hair
Coca-leaf chewing results in absorption of part of its cocaine content. Following absorption, cocaine and/or its stable metabolic product benzoylecgonine (BZE) may enter the chewer's hair folliclesExpand
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