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The Living Dead: Ancient Ancestors and Mummies in the Pre-Incan Andes

Dr. Tiffiny A. Tung. Dr. Tung is a bioarchaeologist who examines mummies and skeletons from archaeological contexts to evaluate the health and disease status of ancient populations from the Peruvian Andes. Her research interests include skeletal biology, paleopathology, and violence-related trauma, particularly as they relate to elucidating the impact of imperialism on community health and individual lifeways. Her current research in the Peruvian Andes examines how Wari imperial structures (AD 600 – 1000) affected, and were affected by, heartland and hinterland communities, documenting such things as diet and disease, migration patterns, rates of violence. As part of Dr. Tung's commitment to public anthropology, she is a consultant for the Discovery Channel and has appeared in 9 episodes of a Discovery Channel series entitled "Mummy Autopsy".


Tiffiny A. Tung


Workshop Presentations for Classroom Use

Grade Levels

5–8, 9–12, College