Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)
Review of: The Scientific Study of Mummies
Occasionally, forensic scientists are requested to examine mummified remains. Even relatively recent remains can become mummified under certain conditions. Preserved soft tissue of great antiquity from archeological contexts also can become the subject of forensic analysis. Such cases can prove challenging for the forensic scientist because many different factors can lead to unusual soft tissue preservation and human curiosity and travel can disperse such materials continents away from their original sources. Analysis of such cases requires not only specialized techniques and knowledge associated with preserved soft tissue but also awareness of the geographical and temporal range of cultural practices that can result in such preservation. This new book provides an overview of the relevant issues and a unique summary of the information needed to properly interpret mummified remains.