She’s Been Dead For 90 Years, But When You Look In Her Eyes? I’m Speechless (4 Images)




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    On-lookers are shocked at how alive the girl looks, more like a sleeping toddler than a nearly 100 year old mummy. Thanks to Salafia’s embalming techniques, the body was well preserved. X-rays of the body shows that all the organs are remarkably intact. Rosalia Lombardo’s body is kept in a small chapel at the end of the catacomb’s tour and is encased in a glass covered coffin, placed on a wooden pedestal. A 2009 National Geographic photograph of Rosalia Lombardo shows the mummy is beginning to show signs of decomposition most notably discolouration. To address these issues the mummy was moved to a drier spot in the catacombs and her original coffin was placed in a hermetically sealed glass enclosure with nitrogen gas to prevent decay. The mummy is one of the best preserved bodies in the catacombs.

  • She’s Been Dead For 90 Years, But When You Look In Her Eyes? I’m Speechless (4 Images)

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