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A virtual autopsy of a 17th century child mummy

2022-11-28T17:15:13.556Z

STORY - The remains of the baby were perfectly preserved by the climatic conditions of the crypt where he was buried in Austria.



Naked, the child is lying on his back, wrapped in a silk coat, his plump thighs, his left hand resting on his abdomen and resembling a leather glove.

In the small village of Hellmonsödt, 15 km north of Linz, capital of Upper Austria, he died at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries.

His identity?

Unknown.

But he was most certainly a member of the aristocracy: in addition to his expensive cape, he rests in the family crypt of the Counts of Starhemberg, great Austrian lords who, as early as 1499, buried their titled men there, mainly the firstborn.

And his remains, naturally mummified by the temperature and hygrometry conditions of the crypt, offered German and Austrian researchers the opportunity for an investigation of a particular kind:

To discover

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First step: find out who he was.

The analysis of the remains and the carbon 14 dating, crossed with what we know of the history of the…

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Source: lefigaro

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