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Moss and a Guanche Mummy: An Unusual Utilization

Patrick Horne and Robert R. Ireland
The Bryologist
Vol. 94, No. 4 (Winter, 1991), pp. 407-408
DOI: 10.2307/3243832
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3243832
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Abstract

The moss Neckera intermedia Brid. was discovered in the abdominal cavity of North America's only Guanche mummy (RED-1), which is housed in the Redpath Museum, McGill University, Montreal. The mummy, from the Canary Islands, was 14-dated to 1,380 B.P. ± 80. This appears to be the first report of a moss being used in mummifying a human.

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