Human Remains in Museums: Research, Preservation and Communication. The Experience of Turin University Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

Rosa Boano, Renato Grilletto, Emma Rabino Massa


The creation of large scientific collections has been an important development for anthropological and paleopathological research. Indeed the biological collections are irreplaceable reference systems for the biological reconstruction of past population. They also assume the important role of anthropological archives and, in the global description of man, permit the integration of historical data with those from bio-anthropolgical research.
Thinking about the role of mummies and bones as scientific resources, best practice of preservation of ancient specimens should be of high priority for institution and researchers.
By way of example, the authors mention their experience regarding ancient human remains preserved in the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography at the University of Turin.

Key words: Paleopathology - Human remains - Museum collection

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