CFP: VI World Congress on Mummy Studies

A call for papers for the 6th World Congress on Mummy Studies, to be held 20-24 February 2007 on Lanzarote:



20-24 FEBRUARY 2007


Dear Colleagues:

This is the third and final call for papers and posters for the VI World Congress on Mummy Studies. The Meeting will be held in Lanzarote, February 20-24 of 2007. This is a reminder that the deadline for registration and abstract submission for Meeting at Teguise (Lanzarote) is fast approaching (30th September). Please submit your abstracts and enter your registration.

Mummification of the dead in antiquity is one of the most fascinating subjects of funerary archaeology. It is also one if the most interesting topics of research in paleopathology and physical anthropology. The VI World Congress on Mummy Studies will take place in the island of Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain). The official languages of the Congress are Spanish and English. There will be simultaneous translation in both languages in all sessions.

Lanzarote has been awarded by UNESCO as World Reserve of Bioesphere, in recognition for its many natural and cultural attractions. Visitors can find wonderful panoramas and a very special climate permitting to enjoy of the island in every season. Its volcanic structure, formed by caves, lava rivers and craters, mixed with white sand beaches and special lands for agriculture, create the feeling of being in other space and time. The islands provide an adequate touristic infrastructure prevailing the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres created by Lanzarote�s artist Cesar Manrique. With this centres, the Cabildo (government of the island), taking advantage of the landscape and natural resources of the island created true museums. The Organizing Committee, in collaboration with the Municipality of Teguise, offers several parallel activities for accompanying persons: guided visit through Teguise Villa and a tour to the Fundaci�n Cesar Manrique and Agriculture�s Museum �El Patio�.

The town of Teguise is located in the center of the island, about 10 kilometers from the coastline. In the 80�s the town was declared Historical-Artistic site and can be considered a great museum for locals and visitors alike. Teguise offers it�s visitors shopping, souvenirs, and handicrafts. Every Sunday is market day in the plazas and streets where original handicrafts from the Canaries and Africa can be purchased.

The sessions will meet in the Arts Center of the old Convent of Santo Domingo (Teguise). This building will be the venue of one of the two exhibitions that will be held during the congress: �War among the Guanches�. The second, a virtual exhibition, is entitled �Mummification around the world� and will be located in the village�s Theatre.

During the days of the Meeting, the Office of the Congress will be located in the Sp�nola Palace, located in the main plaza. It is one of the most renowned buildings of the city and a typical example of stately residences of the XVIII century. It is a one-story construction with a stone framed access door and stairs. It will host the Welcome Dinner Courtesy of the Teguise Town Council.

The VI World Congress on Mummy Studies includes all aspects of research that deal with the conservation of mummified and skeletal human and animal remains, and the cultural aspects that are related with the specimens including funerary archaeology. The topics covered will be organized in 10 sessions: 1. History if Mummy Research. 2. Research Methods. 3. Conservation of Mummies and Museums. 4. Funerary Archaeology. 5. Paleopatholoogy and Paleoparasitology. 6. Applied Technology (hair, DNA, computer imaging, paleodiet, etc). 7. Mummification Methods and Animal Mummies. 8. Free Communications. 9. Poster Session. 10. Video/DVD presentations.

Within the framework of the above sessions, some participants are organizing the following symposiums on specific topics:

1. Evidence-based methodology in mummy research. (Frank R�hli)

2. Rituals and funerary beliefs. (Pablo Atoche, Rafael Gonz�lez and Carmen del Arco)

3. Subadult Mummies. (Chryssa Bourbou and Conrado Rodr�guez-Mart�n)

4. Mummies of M�xico. (Josefina Mansilla).

5. High Mountain Archaeology: Mummies of The Andes. (Juan Schobinger, Johan Reinhard and Mar�a Constanza Ceruti)

6. Life Histories of Mummies. (Andy Wilson, Larry Cartmell and Rob Janaway.

7. Chemical Contaminants and Bioarchaeology. (Bernardo Arriaza and Arthur Aufderheide)


Although the deadline for submitting abstracts is September 30th 2006, it would be preferable to do so as soon as possible. Receiving abstracts earlier will help us expedite the organization of the Congress. Please write your abstract according to the guidelines in our web site.


Early registration is until September 30, 2006. The deadline for final registrations is December 30, 2006. For more details and information, please visit the Mummy Congress Web Site.


Allow us to remind you that making your hotel reservations for the days of the Congress is of the greatest importance. Please send us your completed hotel reservation form immediately if you have not done so already.

The Official Meeting Hotel (Hotel Beatriz Costa & Spa) have a Thalasso & Wellness Center where you can enjoy the benefits of the sea: hydrotherapy and relaxation pools (multi-level jets, waterfalls, microbubble seats and beds, swan-neck showers,…) pediluvium, seawater spray cave, jacuzzi with panoramic views, cold water tub, sauna, thermal bath, hamman (Turkish bath), cold water sprays, cold water waterfall, ice spring and tepidarium (relaxation room). The Hotel also have a free Bus Service to beach and Arrecife.

Pablo Atoche Pe�a

President of Organizing Committee

Conrado Rodr�guez Mart�n

President of Scientific Commitee


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One Response to CFP: VI World Congress on Mummy Studies

  1. Nick Ball says:

    Visitors can also find more information about the island and it´s many cultural attractions at