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August 31, 2008 9:34 PM   Subscribe

Mummy News : All that's new with mummies. Well... not exactly "new."

Some highlights:
Can't find your favorite Pharoah? A list of Royal Egyptian Mummies and where they are. Or where we think they are.
The saddest mummies of all: the mummified kittens of Egypt
Find out which celebrity has a tattoo of Ötzi the Iceman (Who is that Iceman, you ask? Well, you can find out about that, too.)
A full line-up of Bog Bodies, including Yde Girl and Tollund Man
Mummies around the world - including Chachapoya Mummies from Peru
And some... accidental... mummies as well.
posted by grapefruitmoon (8 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Wow...that story about the airmen from the 1947 crash--- bittersweet.
posted by pjern at 9:44 PM on August 31, 2008

...the mummified kittens of Egypt

I can haz afterliefz?
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:00 PM on August 31, 2008 [2 favorites]

Mummy Congress not to miss the slideshow in the gallery.
posted by hortense at 10:35 PM on August 31, 2008 [1 favorite]

I had never heard about the "mummified monkey from Mars" (2nd July 2008 story from the top) before:

"At the height of UFO hysteria then sweeping the nation, two young barbers and a butcher took a dead monkey in 1953, lopped off its tail and applied a liberal dose of hair remover and some green coloring to the carcass. Then they left the primate on an isolated road north of Atlanta in the pre-dawn hours of July 8, 1953, burning a circle into the pavement with a blowtorch"

Thank you Mummy News!
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 11:03 PM on August 31, 2008

A site that does not disappoint! How about this from a June, 2008 entry on discoveries form a Scythian burial mound:

...The man was probably begging for death, says Michael Schultz, a paleopathologist at the University of Göttingen. Holding the victim’s skull in one hand and a replica of the deadly arrow in the other, Schultz paints a picture of a crude operation that took place on the steppes of Siberia 2,600 years ago. “The man was crying, ‘Help me,’” Schultz says. Thin cuts on the bone show how his companions cut away his cheek, then used a small saw to remove pieces of bone, but to no avail. Pointing to a crack in the skull, he describes the next agonizing step: An ancient surgeon smashed into the bone with a chisel in a final, futile effort to free the arrowhead. “Hours or a day later, the man died,” Schultz says. “It was torture.”
posted by Faze at 5:31 AM on September 1, 2008

Oh, The Mummy Congress is such a good book! Excellent stuff. Thanks for the link, hortense! The photo gallery online is even more impressive than the photos in the book!

I like mummies! Look at my exclamation points!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:49 AM on September 1, 2008

And what fine exclamation points you have my dear! (looks at grapefruitmoon's profile)
posted by hortense at 3:03 PM on September 1, 2008

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