Human Mummies: A Global Survey of their Status and the Techniques of Conservation / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Springer Vienna
The contributions to the volume have their origin in a spontaneously organized meeting of experts at Innsbruck 1991 for finding the best measures for the conservation of the newly found "Man in the Ice”. Due to their target the techniques of conservation of corpses all over the world are described: Smoke-drying (Ecuador), sun-drying (Canary Islands), natural mummification by combination of low temperatures and dry air (Eskimo mummies of Qilakitsoq); the reader also will find descriptions of permafrost mummies of Greenland and "bog-mummies” of North-West-Europe including new methods of investigation in the fields of roentgenological, microbiological, microscopical, and microchemical methods and the latest imaging techniques in medical archaeology.
Table of ContentsGeneral aspects.- Mummies and ethics in the museu.- Current technology in the examination of acient man.- Non-invasive investigations of human mummified remains by radiographic technique.- Dry human and animal remains their treatment at the British Museu.- Egyptian mummies.- Research on mummies in Egyptology. An overview.- Development of a prototype storage and display case for the Royal Mummies of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.- Asiatic mummies.- Excavation and preliminary studies of the ancient mummies of Xinjiang in China.- Collagen in 300 year-old tissue and a short introduction to the mummies in Japa.- Arctic mummies.- Mummies of the Arctic regions.- The palaeoimaging and forensic anthropology of frozen sailors from the Franklin Arctic expedition mass disaster (1845–1848): a detailed presentation of two radiological survey.- The mummy find from Qilakitsoq in northwest Greenland.- South American mummies.- Early mummies from coastal Peru and Chile.- Preparation of the dead in coastal Andean pre-ceramic populations.- Secondary applications of bioanthropological studies on South American Andean mummies.- The Prince of El Plomo: a frozen treasur.- European mummies.- European bog bodies: current state of research and preservation.- Selection of a conservation process for Lindow Ma.- Guanche mummies of Tenerife (Canary Islands): conservation and scientific studies in the CRONOS Project.- Natural and artificial 13th–19th century mummies in Italy.- The roman mummy of Grottarossa.- Mummies of Saints: a particular category of Italian mummie.- Mummification in the Middle Age.- The corpse from the Porchabella-glacier in the Grisons, Switzerland (community of Bergün.- Iceman research: current events.- Iceman’s last week.- Post-mortem alterations of human lipids -part I: evaluation of adipocere formation and mummification by desiccatio.- Post-mortem alterations of human lipids part II: lipid composition of a skin sample from the Icema.- Comparison of the lipid profile of the Tyrolean Iceman with bodies recovered from glaciers.- Trace element contents of the Iceman’s bones. Preliminary result.- Remarks on the anatomy of a mummified cat regarding the extent of preservation.