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PhD Defence

Unbundled. European Collecting of Andean Mummies 1850-1930

Tuesday 11 June 2019
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


This dissertation approaches collections of Andean mummies in European national and university museums as the focus to understand the relationship between objects, documents, and the practice of collecting in the period from 1850 to 1930. Over 200 mummies, kept by 18 different museums in Western European countries were analyzed.

The comparative examination of these mummified human remains and their associated documentation kept by the museums has highlighted the importance of considering the process of formation of collections. This is especially true when dealing with sensitive archaeological “objects” during a specific historical timeframe, and within a contemporary setting. The importance of considering museum collections as embedded in global narratives, rather than isolated cases of collecting, is also emphasized.

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  • Prof. M.E.R.G.N  Jansen


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