An Autopsy On A 700-Year-Old Mummy Confirms He Was Murdered

Using modern forensic techniques, a team of archaeologists have conducted an autopsy on the naturally preserved mummy of Cangrande della Scala. As suspected, the researchers have confirmed that the medieval Italian warlord was in fact assassinated. » 1/12/15 7:40am 1/12/15 7:40am

Archaeologists Have Dig Licenses Revoked After "Million Mummies" Claim

A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Utah have had their excavation license revoked by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry after claiming to have discovered "one million mummies." » 12/23/14 6:40am 12/23/14 6:40am

This Incredible Peruvian Mummy Is About To Go On Public Display

The extraordinary mummified remains of a 50-year-old woman discovered in a fetal position is set to go on display at a museum in France. » 12/16/14 12:40pm 12/16/14 12:40pm

Check Out These Awesomely Gross Mummy Toes

Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum recently opened a 2,500-year-old sarcophagus as part of a restoration and stabilization project, revealing the "blackened toes" of its 14-year-old male mummy. They're totally gross. So see them after the jump! » 12/11/14 11:40am 12/11/14 11:40am

Looking for a fun activity with the kids? Why not mummify Barbie? This little girl figured out all the ingredients she'd need, and did a fantastic job cutting her doll's organs out before wrapping her in linen and preparing her elaborate burial chamber. » 7/15/14 10:01am 7/15/14 10:01am

Why Does This Mummy Appear To Open And Close Her Eyes?

In Siciliy, there's a very spooky mummy of a girl who died in 1920. Occassionally, she can be seen to open and close her eyes. Italian researchers now say there's a perfectly reasonable explanation — and it has nothing to do with her being among the undead. » 6/20/14 1:30pm 6/20/14 1:30pm

Ancient Mummified Fetus Found in Tiny Egyptian Sarcophagus

A suspected fake mummy currently on display in Wales is in fact the real deal — and it contains a fetus 12 to 16 weeks into development. The remarkable finding indicates that the deaths of young children as well as miscarriages were not treated casually. » 5/13/14 12:20pm 5/13/14 12:20pm

The Mysterious "Accidental Mummies" of Medieval Siberia

Russian archaeologists are once again digging at Zeleniy Yar, a remote excavation site near the Arctic circle. This same site produced nearly a dozen extraordinary mummies a few years ago — including unintentionally preserved corpses wearing copper masks. The researchers are now hoping to learn more about this… » 4/14/14 9:40am 4/14/14 9:40am

"Mummy Brown" Paint Was Made Of Mummified Cats And Humans

There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies. » 4/02/14 5:40pm 4/02/14 5:40pm

The Gruesome and Excruciating Practice of Mummifying Your Own Body

Mummification is a fascinating way to preserve a person's remains, whether to be worshipped or because they're planning on using that body at a later date. But some people have gone to incredible lengths to prepare their own bodies for mummification while they were still alive. » 2/04/14 11:08am 2/04/14 11:08am

King Tut's penis may help penetrate the mystery of his death

Even for an ancient culture who liked hollowing out, embalming and then bandaging their leaders' corpses, King Tutankhamun was buried in a weird way. His heart was replaced with a scarab, he was covered in black oils, and his penis was mummified as if erect. One historian thinks she's figured out why. » 1/03/14 1:20pm 1/03/14 1:20pm

King Tut's Body Cooked While Inside the Sarcophagus

More proof of the mummy's curse? A recent examination of Tutankhamun's mummified remains shows that it spontaneously combusted shortly after burial. It's one of two incredible new insights into the life — and afterlife — of the world's most famous pharaoh. » 11/04/13 9:20am 11/04/13 9:20am

That mummy found in a German attic contains human bones

Early last month, a ten-year-old German boy found a mummy in his grandmother's attic. Many considered it a hoax. But a radiological analysis shows that the mummy contains actual human bones, though probably not from an ancient Egyptian. The find could open a criminal case. » 9/06/13 1:20pm 9/06/13 1:20pm

German boy finds a mummy in his grandmother's attic

Last week, 10-year-old Alex Kettler stumbled upon three mysterious cases in a corner of his grandmother's attic. Neither his grandmother nor his father knew what was inside — so they pried them open to take a look. You can imagine their surprise at discovering a large sarcophagus holding a true-to-life mummy. » 8/05/13 6:30am 8/05/13 6:30am

The Science of Mummies

Mummies are well-preserved bodies that have been frozen (sometimes literally) in time. By studying these remnants of the past, we learn about ancient cultures — and bizarre death rituals from history. But how do you get answers out of a mummy? That's a science unto itself. » 8/02/13 11:11am 8/02/13 11:11am

Arsenic poisoning may have spawned two different movie monsters

Arsenic is one of the oldest and most well-known poisons in the world. It changed political dynasties and spawned the science of toxicology. It also might be responsible for two different movie monsters. » 7/05/13 3:00pm 7/05/13 3:00pm

Here's how the ancient Egyptians sucked the guts out of their mummies

A group of scientists have just busted a millennia-old myth about how the ancient Egyptians made their mummies. It turns out that nobody had to take burning cedar oil enemas after all. » 3/22/13 5:04pm 3/22/13 5:04pm

We all missed the greatest eBay auction of all time

This honor goes to "Mummified Cat Slam Dunking A Mummified Bird," which up until recently was for sale for a discount $750 buy-it-now price (via Geekologie). Because if there's anything that distinguishes you as an individual of taste and distinction, it's a barf-out effigy of Bastet schooling Horus on the basketball… » 9/27/12 11:30am 9/27/12 11:30am