Monday, September 03, 2007

Mummy update
Unusual mummy collection gets scrutiny
People who lived in the mining town of Guanajuato, Mexico, more than a century ago left behind a scientific mother lode: their own accidentally mummified bodies.

Scientists are conducting what they say is the first intensive examination of more than 100 bodies mummified in the city, while stored in aboveground crypts from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. The bodies from the Guanajuato's Museo de las Momias (Museum of the Mummies) are believed to be the largest mummy collection in the Western Hemisphere.

Hard to tell what the exact conditions were for mummification, but there's a sentence that indicates just basic drying.