Searchable abstracts of presentations at key conferences on calcified tissues

ba0001pp475 | Other diseases of bone and mineral metabolism | ECTS2013

Multidisciplinary studies of ancient calcified tissues: renal stones from mummies

Capulli Mattia , Arrizza Lorenzo , Rucci Nadia , Piperni Sara Gemini , Quaresima Raimondo , Giuffra Valentina , Fornaciari Gino , Teti Anna , Ventura Luca

The renal stones found in the mummies of Pandolfo III Malatesta, Lord of Fano (1370–1427) and an anonymous nobleman from Popoli (XVIII century) were investigated using different techniques. Both specimens were examined with binocular stereomicroscopy (BSM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), also with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Multiple tiny fragments from surface and inner portions were submitted to X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Subsequently, the cal...

ba0001pp476 | Other diseases of bone and mineral metabolism | ECTS2013

multidisciplinary studies of ancient calcified tissues II: contents from Egyptian canopic jars

Rucci Nadia , Arrizza Lorenzo , Capulli Mattia , Maurizi Antonio , Mercurio Cinzia , Guidotti Maria Cristina , Fornaciari Gino , Teti Anna , Ventura Luca

Ancient Egyptians were well known for the art of embalming, performed in the belief that preservation of the body was essential for survival in the afterlife. During the mummification process, internal organs were removed and some of them (lungs, stomach, liver, and intestines) washed, dehydrated with natron, perfumed, and stored in so-called canopic jars, buried with the mummy. Each jar had established contents and its own protective deity. To date, a limited number of studie...