Mummies provide a window into the traditions and rituals practiced by ancient cultures. Modern analyses on their bones, teeth, hair and preserved soft tissues can also provide information on the health conditions these ancient people experienced, as well as what type of food they ate. Here's the latest news on mummies and what analyses have revealed about their lives.
The 2,000-year-old mummies at buried at the Paracas Necropolis in modern-day Peru likely ate corn, beans as well as plants and animals from the sea, a new chemical analysis finds.
Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.
An Italian warlord who suddenly dropped dead in 1329 was poisoned, a mummy autopsy reveals. Scientists found deadly traces of the toxic plant digitalis, or foxglove, in his system.
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The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies.
An ancient Egyptian cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies was unearthed by a team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
The mummified body of a 29-week-old fetus that had been operated on while in the womb more than 100 years ago, has been discovered in Italy.
An ancient Egyptian mummy is raising a new mystery in archaeology because it has one very rare feature: The blood vessels surrounding the mummy's brain left imprints on the inside of skull.
Egyptians may have started making mummies more than 6,000 years ago, about 1,500 years earlier than researchers previously believed the practice began.
Archaeologists have found evidence that Egyptians mummified their dead 1,500 years earlier than previously believed.
An autopsy of a Korean mummy entombed in the 17th century shows that the man suffered from a potentially painful hernia during his lifetime, according to a new study.
The so-called Andong mummy, belonging to a middle-age man, shows evidence of a diaphragm hernia, researchers find using CT scans and other methods.
A mummy previously suspected to be a fake, in fact contains the remains of a human fetus, CT scanning reveals.
The mummified women, who lived 1,700 years ago, has a plaque on her abdomen that may have been intended to ritually heal her, say a team of researchers who examined the female body with CT scans.
A 1,700-year-old mummy discovered in ancient Egypt has a brain, no heart and plaques over her sternum and abdomen, say researchers.
Ancient mummies unearthed in the Taklamakan Desert in China were buried with chunks of cheese, the oldest evidence of cheese yet found.