Skeletal pathological conditions of Lithuanian mummies

Dario Piombino-Mascali, Justina Kozakaitė, Algirdas Tamošiūnas, Ramūnas Valančius, Stephanie Panzer, Rimantas Jankauskas


This report examines the bone lesions found during CT investigations of mummies from the Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Lithuania. Observed pathological conditions include a single fracture, osteoarthritis, malpositions and dental disease, as well as some normal variants of the human skeleton. These palaeopathological data provide a clearer picture of the mummies’ osteobiographies, and serve as a reminder about the importance of noninvasive techniques for the investigation of historical preserved remains.


mummies; bone; imaging; palaeopathology

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ISSN 1406-0140 (print)
ISSN 1736-7646 (online)
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