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The Global History of PaleopathologyPioneers and Prospects$
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Jane Buikstra and Charlotte Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.001.0001

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Mummies and Bog Bodies

Mummies and Bog Bodies

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(p.632) 65 Mummies and Bog Bodies
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The Global History of Paleopathology
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Niels Lynnerup

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195389807.003.0065

This chapter discusses paleopathological studies of mummies and bog bodies, covering diseases in the mummy record and methods of study. It shows that mummy studies have contributed much to paleopathology. However, as is also the case for skeletal paleopathology, data generated from mummy studies is most meaningful in biocultural contexts. Thus, the differentiation, or perhaps the continuum, between natural and artificial mummies is quite significant.

Keywords:   paleopathology, paleopathological research, disease

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