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The secrets of a lady from Basel

A well-preserved church mummy from the 18th century has proven to be a fascinating object of research in many respects


The hands of the mummy have been well preserved, like most of the body. Large folds of skin indicate the lady was overweight.

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01 September 2022by Barbara Baumgartner

In 1975, a female mummy interred in the Barfüsserkirche in Basel, Switzerland was found. Her identity had for decades been a mystery until recently, with the help of genetic analyses, a research team from Eurac Research contributed decisively to unveiling her story. Who the lady was has now been revealed and, so have some further mysteries.

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