Lost secrets of the amazing technology of turning people to stone
Professor Girolamo Segato (Girolamo Segato) lived in the early 19th century in Florence, Italy and was a naturalist, cartographer, Egyptologist and anatomist.
In particular, he invented a unique process of mineralization of human remains, but the paranoia and fear of prosecution by ignorant contemporaries destroyed his research, leaving only a small amount of grim relics as evidence of the existence of its amazing technology.
Born in 1792, Segato showed early interest in science in General and chemistry in particular, which inspired and defined his whole life. His specialty on the process of fossilization began after he visited Egypt at the age of 26 years and was fascinated by the mummy of this ancient country.
Segato has developed the technology, creating new and more perfect method of mummification of the bodies
Upon returning to Europe, Segato began to develop new methods of mummification. After testing the developed method on the corpses of animals, the scientist-inventor was soon created his own unique method of preserving human tissue mysterious at the time, the mineralization process that turns the remains into the semblance of marble.
The reaction to his work was mixed. Although some were surprised by a special transformation of the bodies method Segato, others felt his work connected with unnatural Egyptian mysticism.
After someone broke into his lab and, as it turned out, rummaged in his papers, Segato began to fear the theft of their works, and, in the end, destroyed all his research and notes.
When Segato died in 1836, he took the secret of his process with him to the grave. He was buried in Florence cemetery with the epitaph: «Here lies Girolamo Segato – who would be incorruptible, if the secret of his art had not died with him.»
Today the only remaining proof of his work are several very grim relics. In the anatomical Museum of the University of Florence, works Segato presented in the form of these individual parts of the body, the severed head of a woman and separate a woman’s Breasts turned into an eternal stone.
There is also a «table Segato», which is a large wooden oval, inlaid with tiles, which are actually petrified pieces of bones, muscles and guts.
Modern researchers have developed alternative methods of mineralization of human remains, but even after several laboratory tests of samples Segato various methods, no one is able to explain his process.
In our days most of the petrified work Segato can be found in the anatomical Museum in Florence (Museum of the Department of Anatomy).