It’s taken me this long to get around to writing a blog post about our trip to Rio de Janeiro to attend the 8th World Mummy Congress. Hosted at the Museo Nationale, the congress brought together mummy specialists from all corners of the globe to present their latest research and discuss collaborations.
The team from the KNH Centre presented six podium presentations and 4 scientific posters – not bad between four of us! The Bio Bank presentations included an update on the progress of the project focussing on the smaller collections from Exeter and Harrow, preliminary research on the light microscopy of feather samples, and Steph’s statistical analysis on determining pseudo/true mummies from the external appearance. All were well-received. The poster presentations included preliminary research on the Perth Mummy, the Chester Cat and the potential reuse of a human coffin, determining the nature of inclusions through Hounsfield Unit measurements, and our recent experimental sparrowhawk mummy. We hope the proceedings will be published in 2014.
Our experiences in Brazil were overwhelmingly positive, meeting lots of new contacts and rekindling possible collaborations. We look forward to the 9th congress which is due to be held in Lima, Peru, in March 2016 – we best get saving for that one!