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The Mummy of Matanzas
Human Mummy
Mumiacubana
Biographical Information
Name(s)
Age 57
Sex f
Status
Height
Source
Culture Cuban
Date(s) 1815-1872
Site San Carlos Matanzas Cemetery
Current Location
Location
Catalog #

Found in one of the underground galleries of San Carlos Matanzas Cemetery, during a cleaning in June 1965.

Studies

The mummy of Matanzas was that of a woman of 50-60 years, of Eupoean descent, who died in 1872. Research suggested it was the body of Josefa Petronila Margarita Ponce de León Herederos who was born in Guanabacoa in 1815, and died of a severe respiratory infection. The body was embalmed in the nineteenth century, with a solution of zinc chloride and aluminum sulfate.

Additional

Authorities first decided to just leave it where it was found, but a mentally disturbed man desecrated the tomb and he stole the head of the mummy. Due to this act of destruction, the city decided to protect the mummy.

External Llinks

http://www.cubatreasure.com/mummy-of-matanzas/

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