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[Publication] An Experiment Assessment of the Cause of Mummification in Joseon Period Burials, Republic of Korea

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Our new paper is out in Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia, official journal of Russian Academy of Science (Siberian Branch)-.
This article presents the results of experiments aimed at testing the hypothesis that the mummification of human bodies in Joseon Dynasty burials was caused by an exothermic reaction and the consequent destruction of intestinal flora. Well-preserved mummies of that period were discovered only in the Hoegwakmyo tombs, where the lime-soil mixture barrier was present. Experiments were conducted using animals’ bodies placed in miniature grave models. Immediately after contact with moisture, the temperature inside the coffin surrounded by a lime-soil-mixture increased to 130.8±23.5°C and remained stable for 141.0±64.7 minutes. The examination of bacterial cultures on Mac Conkey or blood agar plates showed that the entire flora normally existing in the rat’s intestine was completely sterilized by high temperature. We also demonstrate that the same m…

[Presentation] Study on Piquete Mummy Project in Mummy Congress-.

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The Scientific Committee of the Extraordinary World Congress on Mummy Studies (Tenerife Auditorium, Canary Islands; 05/21/18 - 05/25/18) has assessed our abstract proposal ‘Introducing the “Piquete Mummy Project”: the case of Rosa Paula Laborda’ and it has been approved with no changes. I am happy to join in this presentation as co-author.

Citation: Bianucci, Raffaella & Gonzalez, Mercedes & Maria Begerock, Anna & Jardiel, Antonio & Morris, Brean & Reinhard, Karl & Perciaccante, Antonio & Warriner, Christina & Hong, Jong Ha & Do Seon, Lim & Shin, Dong Hoon & D. Loynes, Robert. (2018). Introducing the “Piquete Mummy Project”: the case of Rosa Paula Laborda.

Title: Introducing the “Piquete Mummy Project”: the case of Rosa Paula Laborda

Authors: Raffaella Bianucci1-3, Mercedes Gonzalez4, Anna Maria Begerock4, Antonio Jardiel5, Breane Morris6, Karl Reinhard6, Antonio Perciaccante7, Christina Warriner8, Jong Ha Hong9, Do Seon Lim10, Dong Hoon Shin9…

[Session Chair and Presentation] Society of South Asian Archaeology

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I was invited to upcoming 6th International Congress of Society of South Asian Archaeology organized by the Indian Museum, Kolkata, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with the SOSAA. The meeting was held in Mar 16 to 18, 2018. I delivered my presentation on "Scientific Achievements in South Asian Archaeology" and chaired the session of "Rakhigarhi".