Three-hundred-year-old mummies that were discovered underneath a church in Hungary got an autopsy in California.
The mummified bodies were of a 38-year-old woman, identified as Veronica Skripetz, and her one-year-old son, who both likely died of tuberculosis.
Doctors at the Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, California, are now slated to perform a “virtual autopsy” on the two to figure out how they lived and the cause of death, reported Reuters.
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The two were first discovered in 1994 at the Dominican Church of Vác when repair work was being done. About 250 other mummies were discovered in the same underground crypt.
Ildiko Szikossy, an anthropologist from Hungary, told CBS Local: “Now we can find answers” on how they lived, and why “many children” died during their early childhood. “There were no antibiotics, and there were no vaccinations,” she said.
“The child mortality was very high …” Szikossy added to the OC Register. “We can tell that yes, it’s very sad.”
Scientists will use state-of-the-art CT scans on the mummies. The result of their CT scan will be revealed by the end of the month.
Jim Sutherland, with the Horus Mummy Research Group and one of the experts who will work with the CT findings, also spoke with the OC Register about the mummies.
“The mother looks really intact, top to bottom, and the baby, it has some minor disruption, separated bones,” Sutherland said.
“We never really know what we’re going to find. We’re kind of unwrapping a surprise package,” Sutherland said. The mother appeared to have died from tuberculosis, he said, but the scans will reveal more.
(H/T – Littlethings.com)