Examinations of Egyptian mummies show that they were exposed to heavy air pollution while still alive. The study, conducted on mummies of various ages and across a spectrum of social classes, demonstrates that Egyptians were exposed to heavy air pollution.
Interestingly, the levels of air pollution in ancient Egypt were not much lower than the are in the modern world. Exposure to such particulates would have increased rates of lung disease – infection, pneumonia, cancer, and so forth.
Archaeologists are planning to continue their studies on ancient air pollution and focus especially on the sources. You can read more about this study on MSNBC.
Doctors and criminologists in Vermont are using 2,700 year old mummies to explain modern crimes involving unexplained child death.
Information gleaned from mummy CT scans are helping criminologists and medical experts to determine accidental and intentionally inflicted injuries on child victim whose deaths are often labeled ‘unknown.’
Johnson said that just as important as helping officials learn if a crime has been committed, the new techniques can help prove an infant’s death was natural.
“It’s not always pattern of injuries that we find suggesting somebody did something wrong,” Johnson said. “There could be findings that nothing wrong happened or the story fits. It’s in the interest of truth.”