In the late 1990s, a perfectly preserved Spanish flu victim from the 1918 pandemic was exhumed. Read more about it at Science Daily:

In a mass grave in a remote Inuit village near the town of Brevig Mission, a large Inuit woman lay buried under more than six feet of ice and dirt for more than 75 years. The permafrost plus the woman’s ample fat stores kept the virus in her lungs so well preserved that when a team of scientists exhumed her body in the late 1990s, they could recover enough viral RNA to sequence the 1918 strain in its entirety. This remarkable good fortune enabled these scientists to open a window onto a past pandemic—and perhaps gain a foothold for preventing a future one.

(Image: “Compulsory mask, brought in to combat the flu epidemic after the World War, 1918-1919,” by Sam Hood. State Library of New South Wales.)

In the late 1990s, a perfectly preserved Spanish flu victim from the 1918 pandemic was exhumed. Read more about it at Science Daily:

In a mass grave in a remote Inuit village near the town of Brevig Mission, a large Inuit woman lay buried under more than six feet of ice and dirt for more than 75 years. The permafrost plus the woman’s ample fat stores kept the virus in her lungs so well preserved that when a team of scientists exhumed her body in the late 1990s, they could recover enough viral RNA to sequence the 1918 strain in its entirety. This remarkable good fortune enabled these scientists to open a window onto a past pandemic—and perhaps gain a foothold for preventing a future one.

(Image: “Compulsory mask, brought in to combat the flu epidemic after the World War, 1918-1919,” by Sam Hood. State Library of New South Wales.)

Bocksten Man: one of the best-preserved bodies from the medieval era.

Bocksten Man: one of the best-preserved bodies from the medieval era.

I first read about and saw pictures of the mummy trove of Vác, Hungary, on Atlas Obscura: 

"Everything from the rosaries to the handmade stockings on their feet were equally intact, offering a gold mine for ethnographers on the funerary customs and everyday life of 18th century Hungarian villages. There was something there for doctors as well; traces of ancient tuberculosis. An Australian surgeon, Dr. Mark Spigelman, has devoted the past 6 years to studying the bacteria found in one mummy in particular, and the information gleaned from this ancient DNA could provide information that will help fight tuberculosis."

Picture Source: Morbid Anatomy, which also has some really nice pictures of these mummies.

I first read about and saw pictures of the mummy trove of Vác, Hungary, on Atlas Obscura

"Everything from the rosaries to the handmade stockings on their feet were equally intact, offering a gold mine for ethnographers on the funerary customs and everyday life of 18th century Hungarian villages. There was something there for doctors as well; traces of ancient tuberculosis. An Australian surgeon, Dr. Mark Spigelman, has devoted the past 6 years to studying the bacteria found in one mummy in particular, and the information gleaned from this ancient DNA could provide information that will help fight tuberculosis."

Picture Source: Morbid Anatomy, which also has some really nice pictures of these mummies.

12:31 / A Photographic Series by Croix Gagnon & Frank Schott:
"In 1993, a convicted murderer was executed, his body was given to science, segmented, and photographed for medical research. In 2011, we used photography to put it back together."

12:31 / A Photographic Series by Croix Gagnon & Frank Schott:

"In 1993, a convicted murderer was executed, his body was given to science, segmented, and photographed for medical research. In 2011, we used photography to put it back together."

Skeletons, mummies, bog bodies, exhumations. The dead, and what happens to them.

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