Saturday, March 12, 2011

Newly discovered mummy

Chungcheong Research Institute of Cultural Heritage discovered Joseon mummy in 2010, from small town called Hongsung. They collaborate with us to examine them; first of all, removal of clothes from the mummy was performed in my lab. As usual, Korean mummy full wrapped with clothes was moved to my lab; and biological sampling was done after clothes removal was done by textile specialist invited. This case was 9th removal of clothes from Korean mummies since 2007.

Before clothes removal

Many pieces of clothes were collected from the mummy. Dr. Koh BJ said that this must have been buried before Seven Year War between Korea and Japan (1592-1598), including very rarely discovered findings, such as the paper shoes (See below). That is, this is 400 year or more old case!!

Hemp ropes tied around the dead body
Good at sewing!!!

Not snake; this is the belt tied around the waist of the dead person
The belt
Paper shoes

Just before the removal of face veil

We fiished the removal of clothes today. And forthcoming anthropological studies are planned now. Even if we could not reveal at this time, very interesting find was also discovered in this case.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Oh went to India

Oh, the PhD  candidate in my lab, has been in India, for sampling the soil sediments in archaeological sites of Harappan Civilization. He went to Karsola, Rhaki Garhi and Farmana, all of which were the ancient city, town or village in Indian subcontinent several thousand years ago. The sites were located in the Ghaggar-Hakra basin area, one of the cradles of the ancient Harappan Civilization. He have colllected soil sediment samples for paleoparasitological examinations. If we could see the ancient parasite eggs within the samples, this could be the first reports on the presence of ancient parasite eggs in soils from Harappan civilization. He also examined thousand-year-old bones that were collected from Farmana area. We will discuss what types of the biological information could be obtained from the skeleton samples by anthropological studies. We will be back to India, more works on the human, animal and parasite samples from one of the oldest civilizations in the world.

Sampling in Karsola
Beautiful Karsola
Sampling in Rhaki Gahri
Good friends: Oh (leftmost); Dr. Lankton (2nd from left); Dr. Shinde (In the middle)