The Scientific Study of Mummies

  title={The Scientific Study of Mummies},
  author={A. Aufderheide},
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 study methodology 7. Animal mummies 8. Soft tissue paleopathology: diseases of the viscera 9. The museology of mummies 10. Use and abuse of mummies References Index. 
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Skeletal pathological conditions of Lithuanian mummies
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Paleopathology of soft tissues: what mummies can reveal.
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  • Highly Influenced
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Pulmonary mummification in a Coptic mummy from ancient Egypt.
Modern (forensic) mummies: A study of twenty cases.
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Paleoradiology in mummy studies: the Sulman mummy project.
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Scenes from the past: radiologic evidence of anthropogenic mummification in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily.
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The prehistory of Australia
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Da Vinci anatomical sketch. This pencil drawing by Leonardo da Vinci was clearly a sketch of a human anatomical dissection
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rebuilt the Allgemeine Krankenhaus [General Hospital] into a 1600 bed hospital to serve the health of the poor (Porter, 1996:212) (Fig. 1.6). The eventual decision to autopsy all deaths
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Beattie and colleagues (Kowal et al., 1991) clearly demonstrate how mummy studies sometimes can resolve otherwise unfathomable archaeological problems
  • Although Flinders Petrie and Grafton Elliot Smith had X-rayed Egyptian mummies shortly
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David and colleagues examining an Egyptian mummy. Interdisciplinary studies on mummies of the Manchester Museum collection were reported in two seminars
  • (Courtesy of A. Rosalie David and Manchester Museum,
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British insurance agent-turned scholar translated many papyri, coauthored articles with Grafton Elliot Smith and recorded biographies of many early egyptologists
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Grafton Elliot Smith was responsible for the examination of 30000 mummies (obviously a number prohibitive of detailed dissection and recording of findings
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1.12). While soft tissue preservation proved to be less than desirable when the wrappings were removed, a remarkable amount of information was generated by the study (Murray, 1910)
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