No. The salt growth was post-excavation. The soil block was lifted and
brought to London and then, for the purposes of display, someone burrowed
down until the gallstones were exposed. They were growing salts as a result
of about 60 years in the Wellcome store. The body came from the British
Sudan but I can't remember the site. It might be Jebel Moya (phonetic
> You note that gallstones are preserved in a dry environment and I am
> wondering how then it could produce salts with no moisture present? You
> say "they were" growing salts when excavated so I presume it was not
> during the preservation process ?
>>Gallstones are certainly preserved in a dry environment. One of my more
>>bizarre conservation tasks while working in the Wellcome Historical Museum
>>was to preserve the large gallstones which had been lifted with the
>>part of a skeleton in a soil block. The block had been excavated until
>>gallstones were exposed on the surface and they were growing salts like no
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Stiof MacAmhalghaidh" <[log in to unmask]>
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>>Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 11:55 PM
>>Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Heritage & carbon emissions
>>>> When people have to go, they have to go, and occasionally there must be
>>>> odd gallstone. So, I would assume the number of visitors is
>>>> the number of Gallstones (if they are preserved).
>>> Michael wins the prize for 'surreal message of the week'.