Peruvian mummy, X-ray research

Peruvian mummy, X-ray research

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Caption: Peruvian mummy, X-ray research. Researcher Mercedes Gonzalez (centre left) and forensic anthropologist Angel Minaya (centre right) preparing the mummy of a young woman for an X-ray scan. In the background is geneticist Coralee Castillo. This mummy is held at the Darder Museum in Girona, Spain. It originates from Peru and dates from around 1200 years ago. The mummy has tattoos on one of her arms. Ongoing anthropological research using forensic and X-ray techniques is attempting to discover her role in society, and her cause of death. Gonzalez is director of IECIM (insituto Estudios Cientificos en Momias). Photographed in 2013, in the Clinica Maz X-ray laboratory, in Madrid, Spain.

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