| Terézia Hausmann |
The mummified remains of 265 people, laid to rest in coffins between 1731 and 1838 in a church at Vác, Hungary, were rediscovered in 1994. Each body was laid to rest in a coffin that was hand painted and then stacked on top of one another. Most of these coffins included names and dates of death, making it an an extraordinary find.
Of the 265 mummified bodies found, only a handful have not yet been identified. This list of identified bodies includes: 3 nuns, 30 priests, the wife and child of the local postmaster, several surgeons, the founder of the Vac hospital, as well as the first director for Vac's school of the deaf.
A DNA sample was taken from a lung from Terézia Hausmann, who died aged 28 in December 1797. The results revealed that the woman was infected with two different strains of TB bacterium, the discovery could help scientists explore the significance of mixed-strain infections
Donoghue H. (2013). How a 200-year-old mummy revealed secrets of TB. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/how-a-200-year-old-mummy-revealed-secrets-of-tb-16209
Hungarian mummies had 12 different strains of TB (2015). Retrieved from http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/35809