Analysis of mummies reveal how Sicilians lived and died

01/28/2013 | National Geographic News

X-ray exams and CT scans of Sicilian mummies, dating between the 16th century to the mid-20th, are helping scientists discover what ancient Sicilians ate and how they lived. The investigation, part of the Sicily Mummy Project, revealed that they ate balanced meals and suffered from degenerative disorders, suggesting they reached old age before they died. "These mummies are a unique treasure in terms of both biology and history," said lead anthropologist Dario Piombino-Mascali. "They can tell us a lot if they are studied appropriately."

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