Microbiological Analysis of a Mummy from the Archeological Museum in Zagreb





University of Zagreb


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microbiology; mummies; paleopathology; paleoradiology; ancient Egypt

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Mislav Čavka et al., « Microbiological Analysis of a Mummy from the Archeological Museum in Zagreb », HRČAK Portal of Croatian Scientific and Professional Journals, ID : 10670/1.t6vcdy


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In this paper we report the results of the microbiological analysis of the samples taken from the mummy from the collection of the Archaeological museum in Zagreb, Croatia. Samples were taken from specific places such as oral, orbital, abdominal cavity and bandages surrounding the mummy, and analyzed in Department of Microbiology and Hospital Infections in University Hospital »Dubrava« in Zagreb and in National Reference Laboratory for systemic mycoses of Croatian National Institute of Public Health in Zagreb. The analysis indicated that all of the found organisms were non-primary pathogenic and are not harmful for healthy humans. Isolated microorganisms mainly belonged to the group of saprophytic fungi as listed: Monilia spp., Penicillium spp., Alternaria spp., Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus nidulans, Rhizopus spp. and Chrysosporium spp. and to the genus of saprophytic bacteria, Bacillus spp.

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