To the Editor.—
An amateur archaeologist, knowing of my interest in pre-Columbian studies, gave me a mummy (Fig 1) that had been recovered from a cave southwest of the city of Durango, Mexico, preserved by burial in bat guano. The mummy had been previously x-rayed and exhibited locally.The mummy was from the Chalchihuites culture, and is 1,000 years old, plus or minus 350 years. The mummy is a child, 32 cm in length, in the flexed position, with the head in marked dorsi-extension. The abdominal cavity is sunken and the knees are flexed within it to below the diaphragm. Hands are present. Only one foot is present.Xeroradiography (Fig 2) showed a female child, age 3 to 3 1/2 years, with hydrocephalus. In the left lower thorax, an amorphous mass was best defined by the xeroradiographs as less dense in contrast to the bone.Microscopic examination of the material
Heinemann S. Xeroradiography of a Pre-Columbian Mummy. JAMA. 1974;230(9):1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240090016010
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