Study of skin degradation in ancient Egyptian mummies: complementarity of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and histological analysis

  • Mariachiara Stani | chiaramaria.stani@difest.unipr.it Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Parma, Italy.
  • Andrea Baraldi Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Parma, Italy.
  • Rosa Boano Department of Animal and Human Biology, University of Torino, Italy.
  • Rosangela Cinquetti Department of Bioscience, University of Parma, Italy.
  • Maria Grazia Bridelli Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Parma, Italy.

Abstract

Some dynastic and pre-dynastic Egyptian mummies from the Giovanni Marro Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, University of Turin, Italy have been studied by means of the combined approach of both Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and histological analysis, with the aim of investigating the preservation state of the skin of ancient archaeological remains, as a consequence of the differences between the two kinds of mummification processes, i.e. natural and by means of embalming substances. The results suggest that the balms used in the dynastic mummies embalming process really could have played an important role in the prevention of corpse deterioration.

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Published
2014-01-10
Keywords:
dynastic and pre-dynastic mummy, skin, secondary structure of proteins, FTIR spectroscopy, histology
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Stani, M., Baraldi, A., Boano, R., Cinquetti, R., & Bridelli, M. G. (2014). Study of skin degradation in ancient Egyptian mummies: complementarity of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and histological analysis. Journal of Biological Research - Bollettino Della Società Italiana Di Biologia Sperimentale, 87(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jbr.2014.2133