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Radiological aspects and interpretation of post-mortem artefacts in ancient Egyptian mummies from Swiss collections


Rühli, Frank J; Böni, Thomas (2000). Radiological aspects and interpretation of post-mortem artefacts in ancient Egyptian mummies from Swiss collections. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 10(2):153-157.

Abstract

The process of embalming leads to various post-mortem artefacts in ancient Egyptian mummies. Its different radiological aspects and its interpretation (historical background and intention) are demonstrated by way of example on two mummies belonging to Swiss collections (Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen der Stadt Winterthur, Winterthur; Musée d'Ethnographie, Neuchâtel). The human remains date from 900 bc and 300 bc, respectively, and have - among other investigations - been subject to conventional X-ray and CT examinations. Organ packages, artificial parts of the body, body packing material and embalming substances have been detected. Exact localization is best performed by CT, while for identification of chemical components, physico-chemical methods are recommended.

Abstract

The process of embalming leads to various post-mortem artefacts in ancient Egyptian mummies. Its different radiological aspects and its interpretation (historical background and intention) are demonstrated by way of example on two mummies belonging to Swiss collections (Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen der Stadt Winterthur, Winterthur; Musée d'Ethnographie, Neuchâtel). The human remains date from 900 bc and 300 bc, respectively, and have - among other investigations - been subject to conventional X-ray and CT examinations. Organ packages, artificial parts of the body, body packing material and embalming substances have been detected. Exact localization is best performed by CT, while for identification of chemical components, physico-chemical methods are recommended.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:28 March 2000
Deposited On:26 Mar 2010 06:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:53
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1047-482X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1212(200003/04)10:2
Related URLs:http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/71004312/issue (Publisher)

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