Iron Coffin Mummy on PBS


Famous iron coffin funerals.

1849 – Former first lady, Dolley Madison

1850 – Former Vice President John C. Calhoun

1850 – Tennessee Congressman, Thomas Jefferson Campbell  

1850 – President Zachary Taylor 

1852 – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Henry Clay 

1852 – Secretary of State, Daniel Webster 

1858 – President James Monroe

1862 – William Wallace Lincoln

1862 – Samuel Colt

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln

1881 – President James Garfield

1881 – Members of De Long’s ill-fated Jeanette expedition to the North Pole

1882 – Irish Poet, Miss Fanny Parnell 

1886 – King Alfonzo of Spain

1889 – Maj. General Winfield S. Hancock

More information to come.

In the News

Scott Warnasch asnj bulletin

Archaeological Society of New Jersey’s Bulletin

I’m excited to announce that my article on the early iron coffin industry has been published in the Archaeological Society of New Jersey’s Bulletin. Please contact me if you would like a copy, or go to to get a copy of the entire journal.  ABSTRACT Fisk’s airtight, metallic burial cases were created in response […]

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Death, Burial and Egypt

image from Fisk developed his coffins at a unique period in early modern history when many traditions were being challenged, fading or replaced. By the early 1800s, American attitudes about death and burial had begun to move away from the puritanical views of the colonial period and the traditional concepts of the body, soul, […]

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New York Times: This Empty Lot Is Worth Millions. It’s Also an African-American Burial Ground.

Article by Kaya Laterman The flier advertising a near-one-acre plot of land for sale in Elmhurst, Queens, looks like a typical real estate listing. The oddly-shaped parcel that abuts the Long Island Rail Road tracks is available for $13.8 million. According to the flier, the lot is a great opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand for residential space […]

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