Two of the individuals; Mary Camp Roberts (1764-1852) and Captain William Pollard (1816-1854), were discovered in 2005 during the archaeological excavation of the site of the Prudential Center Hockey Arena in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Their coffins were opened and their remains were analyzed at the Smithsonian Institute in 2009. The third individual, tentatively identified as Martha Peterson, (1824-ca. 1851) was discovered in 2011 as part of what was originally thought to be a potential crime scene and was studied by a diverse team of experts between 2011 and 2016. In addition to the mummies, the lives of the coffin inventor Almond Dunbar Fisk and his business partners will be explored, as will some of the important events and famous people that shaped the lives and times of the iron coffin mummies.
AMERICAN MUMMIES: THE INDUSTRIAL BIRTH OF THE ETERNAL DEAD November 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Lilly Performance Hall University of Indianapolis University Lecture Series: Scott Warnasch You are invited to the University of Indianapolis for this fascinating lecture as Forensic Archaeologist Scott Warnasch discusses his most recent episode of “Secrets of the Dead – The […]Read More
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… 26-year-old who died from smallpox in 1851 and was laid to rest in church founded by first generation of free African-Americans Construction workers in 2011 discovered the human remains buried under an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York The body was in such good condition they called 911 fearing a […]Read More
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FORENSIC experts have uncovered the identity of a 150-year-old woman whose small pox-ridden corpse was found preserved in an iron coffin in New York City. Construction workers assumed they had hit a pipe when they first came across the mysterious casket while digging a pit in Elmhurst, Queens on October 4, 2011. Read Full Article […]Read More
Premieres Wednesday, October 3 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) Streams October 4 via pbs.org/secrets and PBS apps Synopsis On October 4, 2011, construction workers were shocked to uncover human remains in an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York. So great was the level of preservation, witnesses first assumed they had […]Read More