Mexican government experts said Thursday they are concerned that A Travel view of the mummies Since the nineteenth century has been a health risk to the public.
The preserved bodies were inadvertently mummified when they were buried in cellars in the dry, mineral-rich soils of the state of Guanajuato. Some still have their original hair, leather, and clothing.
But the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement that one of the mummies appeared to be suffering from a fungal growth.
The Federal Institute has distanced itself from the state government’s decision to display half a dozen mummies in glass cases at a touring fair in Mexico City. It was not clear if the cases were airtight, and the institute said it was not consulted about the offer.
“What is most worrying is that they continue to be offered without safeguards to the public against biological hazards,” the institute said.
And the institute wrote: “From some of the published photos, at least one of the exhibited corpses, which the institute examined in November 2021, shows signs of the spread of possible fungus colonies.”
“All of this needs to be carefully studied to see if these are signs of a threat to cultural heritage, as well as for those who come into contact with it and come to see it.”
Mummies are usually exhibited in the state capital of Guanajuato. But they have traveled before, and some of them were shown in the United States in 2009.
Naturally preserved, some say because Climate and environment rich in minerals, other because of the sealed crypts, although no one knows for sure. They had been excavated since the 1860s, because their families could no longer afford to pay the burial fees, and to display them.