- A report released on Friday examined the causes of death of three South American mummies.
- Two male mummies died of natural causes.
- The study suggests that more South American mummies died violently than previously thought.
Using digital technology to inspect mummies is nothing new. However, recent reports suggest that two of the three South American mummies may have died a brutal death.
A 16-page report published Friday in Frontiers in Medicine examined three South American mummies, two male and one female, ranging in age from 740 to 1,120 years old.
Each was reportedly “naturally mummified” and “well preserved in soft tissue.”
Through CT scans, non-invasive scans used to examine objects in 3D, researchers found that the man had died violently and the woman had died of natural causes.
Professor of Pathology at the Munich Clinic Bogenhausen in Germany, the report said in a statement: “Earlier studies would have destroyed the mummies, but X-rays without the ability to reconstruct 3D Or an older CT scan would not have been able to detect the important diagnostic features found here.”
The first male mummy is estimated to have lived between 996 and 1147 AD in the Arica region of northern Chile. Reports refer to him as a “Marburg” man. The man was approximately 20-25 years old and was buried in a sitting position.
The second two, called “Delémont” mummies, dated from 902 to 994 AD for males and from 1224 to 1282 AD for females. His two mummies, believed to have been found in the Arequipa region of Peru, were not sitting, but lying on their backs.
The man from Marburg,[One] The perpetrator hits the victim on the head with all his might, [a] Second attacker stabbing wound[bed] According to reports, the victim (still standing or kneeling) was in the back.” Another reportedly died after experiencing “massive trauma to the cervical spine.
A group of researchers from universities in Spain, UK, USA and Germany co-authored this report.
“Importantly, studies of human mummified material have the potential to reveal a much higher rate of trauma, especially intentional trauma, than studies of skeletons.” There are dozens of South American mummies that could benefit from similar research,” Nerich continued.
The author did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.