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Research Finds Arsenic Poisoning in Chilean Mummies

People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests. Previous...Show More Summary

Heated Lotion Dispenser keeps hands clean and warm

We humans operate best at an optimal temperature, too cold and it would be inefficient for us to walk around all wrapped up like a puffed up mummy, too hot and the sweltering heat would just about sap one’s energy away before doing anything in the first place. Going to the washroom is something that most of us do every single day, and after we’re done with our business, it...

Arsenic and Old Mummy Hair

While officials in Charleston, West Virginia, continue to assure residents along the Elk River than the licorice-smelling water which was contaminated by a chemical spill from Freedom Industries is perfectly safe to drink, researchers in Chile say they have proof that drinking the water is what killed...

Watch Prince George Lose His Mind When Kate Hands Him to William

"Mummy, come back!" When Kate Middleton handed Prince George to Prince William today, the younger prince took it as an opportunity to show us just how wiggly he is. Perhaps George thought he could flap his way back to his mother, as Kate turned her attention away from him momentarily to greet the VIPs who came to Sydney Airport to meet them. Show More Summary

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 12)

Came across this blog post on the so-called salt mummies of Iran, which has pictures of the mummies on display in the Zanjan Museum... which seems to need an osteologist. These are two shots of one mummy, from the feet and from the head. Show More Summary

When in doubt, Punt

Baboon mummy analysis reveals Eritrea and Ethiopia as location of land of Punt There are several ancient Egyptian texts that record trade voyages to the Land of Punt, dating up until the end of the New Kingdom, 3,000 years ago. But until now scholars did not know where Punt was. Ancient texts offer only vague allusions [...]

The Mysterious "Accidental Mummies" of Medieval Sibera

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Russian archaeologists are once again digging at Zeleniy Yar, a remote excavation site near the Arctic circle. This same site produced nearly a dozen extraordinary mummies a few years ago — including unintentionally preserved corpses wearing copper masks. The researchers are now hoping to learn more about this mysterious northern community. Read more...

Egypt: More Human Remains and Sarcophagi in Illicit Trade

Part of the confiscated collection Nevine El-Aref, Egyptian police confiscate three mummies from smuggling gangAl-Ahram 12 Apr 2014In Egypt, the tourism and antiquities police stopped a gang trying to sell illegally-obtained antiquities from Fayoum. Show More Summary

A good High Priest is hard to find

Ahem. This was actually supposed to be my second entry in the last Roundtable, but when I lose a DVD somewhere in the house, it stays lost….. THE MUMMY’S GHOST (1944) In which John Carradine is sent to Mapleton, Massachusetts, to clean up the mess made by Turhan Bey, and ends up fouling […]

More than bodies

New research unwraps the study of ancient Egypt “Egyptian mummies may pull crowds, but focusing on them only as bodies means we overlook what was arguably much more important from an ancient Egyptian point of view: their wrappings,” said Dr Riggs, a senior lecturer in the School of Art History and World Art Studies at UEA. One [...]

Inside view of ancient mummies

Scientists at the British Museum use CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing the skin, bones, internal organs, and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers

Ancient Lives

If you're into mummies, The British Museum has the exhibition for you. On 22 May it opens Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, a revelation of the lives and stories of eight mummies from ancient Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming. Show More Summary

Kate Moss Takes Style Advice From an 11-Year-Old

Wearing — what else? — her new Topshop line, Kate Moss is on the cover of the Harper's Bazaar beauty issue, out April 2. “My daughter, Lila, is my style critic," Moss tells the magazine. "She’ll say, 'No, Mummy, you can’t wear that.' She’s very good. I do trust her... More »

Eerie Corpse Reveals Ancient Disease

Found as if she died just yesterday, an Inca girl’s  500 year old corpse reveals something about diet, culture and ancient diseases. From Natural World News The three Inca mummies included a 13-year-old known as the Llullaillaco...

Cancer in mummies

Following up on my post from yesterday about a project involving detecting cancer in mummies, I found this on a quick search: Mary of Aragon (1503—68) is a typical example of a Renaissance noblewoman, whose beauty attracted the admiration of the humanists. She was a member of the literary circle of Ischia, founded by the Renaissance [...]

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A menagerie of ancient animal mummies at the Bowers Museum

On View: The new Bowers Museum exhibit 'Soulful Creatures' explores the ancient Egyptian practice of mummifying animals as food offerings for the deceased or as a communication to the gods. One of the first artifacts in the new Egyptian...Show More Summary

Facts on ACA Put Senator Ted Cruz in a Tight Spot on TV

Rachel Weisz (Evelyn) : "You know, nasty little fellows such as yourself always get their comeuppance." Kevin J. O'Connor (Beni): "They do?" -- The Mummy 1999 Social media generally shovel up a lot of shiny garbage disguised as treasure. Show More Summary

Pre-Raphaelite Painters Used Ground up Humans and Cats to Make “Mummy Brown”

2 weeks agoOdd : Geekosystem

If you're a fan of paintings from the 1800s through the 1960s, you've probably admired a highly-prized shade of paint called "Mummy Brown." Why the macabre name, you ask? Oh, no reason, just the ancient cat and human corpses used in its composition. Guys, now I'm worried...what's in my Bitches Brew nail polish? What?

"Mummy Brown" Paint Was Made Of Mummified Cats And Humans

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies. Read more...

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