Research on mummies in Egyptology. An overview

  • Wilfried Seipel
Conference paper
Part of the The Man in the Ice book series (3262, volume 3)


The publication of Thomas Joseph’s book “History of Egyptian Mummies” in 1834 in London marks the beginning of scholarly research on mummies. Doctor Pettigrew, who was in the habit of unwrapping mummies in front of large paying crowds, was a fashionable doctor at the time, he even inoculated Queen Victoria against smallpox. His voluminous oeuvre can still serve as a source of interesting detailed observations today to help illustrate the amount of scientific knowledge available at the time.


Egyptian Antiquity Egyptian Mummy Middle Kingdom Interdisciplinary Exchange Egyptian Museum 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilfried Seipel
    • 1
  1. 1.Kunsthistorisches MuseumViennaAustria

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