| San Domenico Maggiore Mummies |
|Name(s)||San Domenico Maggiore Mummies|
|Date(s)||15th and 16th centuries|
|Site||San Domenico Maggiore Church|
Natural mummification of the bodies can probably be attributed to the climate of Naples dand by the particular microclimatic conditions of San Domenico Maggiore crypt.
A paleopathological study resulted in diagnoses of infectious such as smallpox, hepatitis, condyloma, syphilis and pneumonia, and other ills such as obesity, atherosclerosis, gallstones colon cancer and skin cancer.
PathologyThe mummy of Ferdinando Orsini, Duke of Gravina in Apulia, who died in 1549, was found to have erosion of the upper orbital margin, and complete destruction of the right nasal and retro-orbital bones. An epithelioma (abnormal growth or tumour) was diagnosed.
The mummy of an unnamed 2-year-old boy, who died about 1569 and was thought to have fallen to smallpox was retested in 2016, when the genome was sequenced, molecular analysis found no trace of the smallpox virus, but did find evidence of the hepatitis B virus.
An unnamed man of about 27 who died in the second half of the 16th century due to a fatal stab-wound, between the eighth and the ninth left ribs.