This summer, for the first time, UNL students had the opportunity to study mummified human remains on a study abroad field school in Sicily Italy led by forensic science faculty member Dr. Karl Reinhard along with Dr. Deb Meier and Dr. Johnica Morrow.
UNL Forensic Science undergrads that traveled to Sicily included: Breane Morris (Senior), Mallory Einfalt (Junior), Jordan Walther (Senior), and Samantha Hayek (recent graduate).
Forensic science students spent two weeks in the small Sicilian town of Santa Lucia del Mela. Their goal was to study and examine mummies and learn about the decomposition/preservation processes. They received lectures from the UNL faculty, as well as from Dr. Dario Piombino-Mascali, an expert in mummy studies. In addition to the scientific aspects of the trip, students benefitted from:
- Seeing mummies located in various church crypts
- Experiencing a brand new culture (and food)
- 'Field trips' to neighboring villages
- Spending time on beautiful beaches
- Gaining knowledge and insight about mummies
- Interacting with the local people
Dr. Morrow has archived a recounting of the experience on her blog titled: “UNL Mummy Studies Field School - Sicily Study Abroad”