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The Handbook of Mummy Studies

New Frontiers in Scientific and Cultural Perspectives

  • Offers cutting-edge models revealing the secrets of mummies

  • Sheds new light on the history and funerary beliefs

  • Presents interdisciplinary and international insights relevant to researchers and students in related fields

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Table of contents (50 entries)

  1. Analysis of Mummy Digestive Tract Contents with Examples of Relevance to Diet, Health, and Hospice

    • Karl J. Reinhard, Julia Russ, Isabel Teixeira-Santos, You Zhou, Vaughn M. Bryant
  2. Ancient DNA Study

    • Choongwon Jeong
  3. Archaeological Findings of the Tarim Basin Graves and Mummies

    • In Uk Kang, Jinseong Han, Jong Ha Hong, Jieun Kim, Dong Hoon Shin, Victor H. Mair
  4. Archaeoparasitology of Korean Mummies

    • Min Seo, Jong Ha Hong, Karl Reinhard, Dong Hoon Shin
  5. Bog Bodies

    • Ronald G. Beckett
  6. Bog Bodies and Natural Mummification of Siberia

    • Sergey Mikhailovich Slepchenko, Igor Konstantinovich Novikov, Jong Ha Hong, Do Seon Lim, Chang Seok Oh, Ji Eun Kim et al.
  7. Brazilian Mummies

    • Shênia Patrícia Corrêa Novo
  8. Craniofacial Reconstruction in Mummy Studies

    • Won Joon Lee, Dong Hoon Shin
  9. Dietary Stress in Combat: Coprolite Analysis of a Korean War Marine Killed in Action

    • Karl J. Reinhard, Marina Milanello do Amaral, Gregory E. Berg, Brianna Neu
  10. Endoscopy in Mummy Studies

    • Mark Spigelman, Dong Hoon Shin

About this book


  • Global Mummy Studies
  • Mummification Processes
  • Ancient Metagenomes
  • Mummy Conservation
  • Embalming Techniques
  • Endoscopy and Autopsy
  • Paleopathology
  • Post-mortem degradation
  • Egyptian Mummies
  • Mummies in Catacombs and Crypts
  • Bog bodies
  • Museology of Mummies
  • Mummies in East Asia
  • Arctic and Subarctic Mummies
  • Chinchorro mummies
  • Guanche Mummies
  • Parasitology


‘The Handbook of Mummy Studies represents the most up-to-date book on the mummies of the world published in recent decades. Not only does it explore the technical and ethical issues with precision, providing new insights into the scientific methodologies, and thus presenting itself as an efficacious tool in teaching, but it is also an excellent medium to explore the most intimate manifestation of memory in a constant attempt to overcome death.’
Luca Sìneo in American Journal of Biological Anthropology, 2022.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Republic of)

    Dong Hoon Shin

  • University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

    Raffaella Bianucci

About the editors

Dong Soon Shin graduated from medical school in South Korea, trained as anatomist in graduate school, and currently studies paleopathology and biological anthropology as a professor at Seoul National University, South Korea. Over the years, his research interests have been mainly focused in pre-modern people’s health, and on diseases in history. Using research tools ranging from anatomical and histological techniques to various biochemical analyses, he studies the changing patterns of physical or pathological traits of our ancestors at each stage throughout human history. 

Raffaella Bianucci is bioanthropologist at Warwick Medical School, Microbiology and Infection Division, The University of Warwick (UK). Her research interests focus on the history, modality of trasmission and biological profiles of epidemic diseases in past populations. She has a peculiar interest for human mummification practices in different areas of the world. She has worked both on Ancient Egyptian mummies, Dutch bog bodies and 18th to 19th century church mummies.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Handbook of Mummy Studies

  • Book Subtitle: New Frontiers in Scientific and Cultural Perspectives

  • Editors: Dong Hoon Shin, Raffaella Bianucci

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Social Sciences, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Number of Pages: 636

  • Topics: Physical-Biological Anthropology, History, Anatomy, Archaeology, Biotechnology