Mummies and textiles

I am glad that my symposium "Mummies and textiles" was accepted by the Scientific Committee of the 9 World Congress on Mummy Studies.

Jana Jones, Dong Hoon Shin, James M Vreeland

Mummies discovered worldwide become one of the most invaluable resources for studying on health and disease status of human populations in different time and space perspectives. Using the mummies and relating samples, invaluable information could be obtained successfully, by a variety of scientific techniques. However, they are not only the subject we could talk about mummies. Rather, very unique remains could be acquired from the sites where mummies have been discovered. Of them, it is the ancient textiles that get the most attention. In fact, different kinds of textiles used for clothing, ornament or simple patches could be collected from mummies discovered in the world. By studying on them, we can get very crucial clue for reconstructing textile history in each country, very helpful to comprehend the vivid aspects of human lives before 20th century. Although there were a number of fascinating reports about the mummy-relating textiles from every corner of the world, the comprehensive review on the findings has not been presented yet.


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Carter Lupton, Jonathan Elias & Sabina Malgora Good Things in Small Packages: Differential Inclusions and Cloth Replicas in Egyptian Mummies

Gioconda Arabel Fernández López Género, estatus social y poder vistos a través de los tejidos del fardo de la Señora de Cao

Ann Peters Reconstructing mortuary traditions at the Necropolis of Wari Kayan in early Nasca times: Established ritual and new practices

Dong Hoon Shin & Mi Kyung Song Joseon Textiles from Korean Mummies

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Jana Jones, SA Buckley, TPG Higham, D. chivall, R. Bianucci, F. Ugliani, RJ Oldfield, GL Kay, M Pallen Ritual, religios, function. Multi-disciplinary analysis of funerary wrappings of Egyptian mummies from the prehistoric period, c 4300-3300 BC

Lena Bjerregaard The textiles of the mummy bundles in the Ethnological Museum in Berlin

Lidija M. McKnight ‘Re-rolling’ a mummy: an experimental spectacle

Milosz Giersz, Patrycja Giersz-Przadka, Wieslaw Wieckowski, Krzysztof Makowski Wari imperial funerary customs and rituals: prehispanic necropolis at Castillo de Huarmey

Patricia Landa Cragg

Roberta Cortopassi Two Byzantine Period mummies from Egypt in French museums


Joseon Textiles from Korean Mummies

Mi Kyung Song and Dong Hoon Shin

Department of Clothing Science, Seoul Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea; Bioanthropology and Paleopathology Lab, Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea

Mummies from the Joseon Dynasty (AD 1392-1910) are an invaluable subject for scientific studies on the health and diseases of pre-modern Korean people. However, for the past several decades textile investigation has also become an important part of mummy studies in South Korea, as both clothing and mummies are discovered simultaneously in the same Joseon tombs. Whenever archaeologists examined the Korean mummies, they discovered perfectly preserved, magnificent centuries-old textiles and garments. Since the first archaeological report on the clothing from the Joseon tomb discovered in 1964, the resultant documentation has grown into one of the most impressive academic collections in the cultural heritage of South Korea. Removal of the clothing was undertaken under strict, sterile laboratory conditions and each step documented since 2006. By studying these cases, scholars can trace detailed changes in the fashion of Joseon clothing that otherwise might not have been revealed to modern observers. Based upon the acquired data, the clothing currently displayed in museums and institutes could be repaired successfully and maintained meticulously. In this paper, we will present a scholarly reconstruction of a vivid glimpse into the lives and funerary rites of the Joseon Dynasty elite, based on examination of the academic works of the textile historians.


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