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Ioanna Kakoulli: Chilean Mummies Reveal Signs of Arsenic Poisoning

May 28, 2014

Ioanna Kakoulli: Chilean Mummies Reveal Signs of Arsenic Poisoning

A student participating in the field school trained to use a portable multispectral imaging system taking some measurements on mummy Locus 9, which is described in the new study. Credit: Ioanna Kakoulli, UCLA

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Chilean Mummies Reveal Signs of Arsenic Poisoning

“The high concentration of arsenic in the mummy's hair came from drinking arsenic-laced water and, possibly, eating plants irrigated with the toxic water," Ioanna Kakoulli, associate professor archaeology and materials science and engineering said, adding that the technological approach used in the study could prove useful to forensic investigations and toxicity assessments in archaeology.

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