José Perez
Human Mummy
File-Momia Jose perez con exploradores
The mummy of Jose Perez in center
Biographical Information
Name(s) José Perez
Age n/a
Sex Male
Status Deceased
Height n/a
Culture Venezuelan
Date(s) n/a
Site n/a
Current Location
Location Venezuela
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August Gottfried Knoche was a German doctor who emigrated to Venezuela in 1840. He helped in the reestablishing of the old “Hospital San Juan de Dios” during the Federal War (1859–1863). He took unclaimed bodies from the battlefields and used the corpses for experimenting with his embalming fluid. Knoche is believed to have created an embalming fluid, for which the formula is yet to be found. [1] Using this fluid, he was able mummify corpses without the removal of organs. [2] Not much detail in the form of documentation is found regarding Knoche's research into embalming and mummifying corpses, however it is believed that Jose Perez, was one of Knoche's first successful mummifications. [3]

The bodies from the mausoleum were removed in 1929 by an exploratory team, and it was said that mummified dogs were standing in front of the mausoleum as guardians. [4]



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