ME Torino Mummy Project

ME Torino Mummy Study and Conservation Project

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ME Torino Mummy Project
  • Project duration: January 2017 - December 2022
  • Project status: ongoing
  • Funding:
    Internal funding EURAC (Project)
  • Total project budget: €240,000.00

In this research project the whole collection of Egyptian mummies (>100) housed in the Museum of Egyptolgy in Torino, Italy will undergo a detailed scientific examination. In a first step, the mummies will be radiologically investigated by using a mobile CT scanner. The CT data will be used for an anthropological analysis in order to determine the age, sex and state of preservation of each mummy. In collaboration with our cooperation partner, the HORUS group, the mummies will be analyzed for the presence of arterial calcifications (atherosclerosis). In a further step, small biopsy samples will be taken from all mummies where an access to soft or bone tissue is present. The samples will be subjected to activity water analysis, radiocarbon dating and genetic analysis in the framework of the project "Mummy Atherosclerosis" for the evaluation of genetic risk factors related ot cardiovascular diseases in the mummies. 



Assessment of embalming techniques in Egyptian mummies using computed tomography:
Zink A, Paladin A (2021)

Conference: The art of embalming| practice, evolution and materiality Egyptological colloquium British Museum | London : 31.8.2021 - 3.9.2021

Correlation of atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis in ancient Egypt: A standardized evaluation of 45 whole-body CT examinations
Panzer S, Augat P, Sprenger M, Zesch S, Rosendahl W, Sutherland ML, Thompson RC, Paladin A, Zink A (2021)
Journal article
International Journal of Paleopathology

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The mummy of Hathor-ta-scherit-net-Osiris: Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection)
Zink A, Paladin A, Panzer S (2020)

Conference: Annual Egyptological lectures and colloquia | London | 6.2.2020 - 8.2.2020

A First Assessment of the Conservation of the Mummified Human Remains in the Museo Egizio in Turin in the Framework of the “Mummy Conservation Project”
Samadelli M, Gregori G, Maixner F, Rossani M, Del Vesco P, Borla M, Paladin A, Wurst C, Sterflinger-Gleixner K, Voitl C, Cibin M, Thomas GS, Frohlich B, Thompson RC, Zink AR (2019)
Journal article
Rivista del Museo Egizio

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Anthropological and Paleopathological study: preliminary results
Paladin A, Zink A, Frohlich B, Sutherland ML, Sutherland J, Zesch S (2019)

Conference: 2nd Horus EURAC Torino Museum conjoint symposium | Bolzano | 14.10.2019 - 14.10.2019

The Eurac project
Zink A, Paladin A, Wurst C, Samadelli M, Mussauer A, Maixner F (2019)

Conference: Human Remains. Ethics, Conservation, Display | Torino | 30.9.2019 - 1.10.2019

Preliminary Biopsy findings, Turin mummies
Frohlich B, Wurst C, Paladin A, Zink A (2017)

Conference: Horus-Eurac conjoint symposium on the fundamental etiologies of atherosclerosis | Torino | 1.4.2017 - 1.4.2017

Preliminary aDNA analysis of Egyptian mummies of the Ägyptisches Museum in Berlin
Wurst C (2017)

Conference: Horus-Eurac conjoint symposium on the fundamental etiologies of atherosclerosis | Torino | 1.4.2017 - 1.4.2017

Our partners

Smithsonian , National Museum of Natural History

Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, and University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, ...

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, and University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, ...

Egyptian Museum Torino

Superintendence of Cultural Heritage Torino

Project Team
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Development and centralization of the laboratory infrastructures of the Institute for Mummy Studies ...

Duration: December 2017 - June 2022Funding: FESR (EU funding / Project)

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