Child Korean Mummy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age 4.5-6.6 years old
Sex Unknown
Status Mummified
Height Unknown
Culture Joseon Dynasty
Date(s) 16th Century AD
Site Located in Yangju, South Korea
Current Location
Location Seokjuseon Memorial Museum
Catalog # Unknown


The Child Mummy of Yangju is extremely important towards the progress of research on the Ancient Hepatitis B Virus. The child mummy's biopsy revealed that the child had HBV-C2. HBV has a high mortality rate even today, so any further analysis is well documented.


The child was naturally mummified, so it was not an intended mummification.


Studies done compare the Ancient Hepatitis Virus with the modern one. It has provided more insight on the genomes and development of the infection.


Hepatitis is referred to as an inflammation of the liver. HBV is an infenction, and if it is chronic, it can lead to Cirrhosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma which are the main killers. Asia is said to be the source of HBV. Korea is uniquely impacted by HBV genotype C2 sequence. The virus is spread through bodily liquids such as sexual contact, birthing of a child, drug abuse.

External LinksEdit

The Sponsor of the excavation and research -


Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (2012, May 29). 16th-century Korean mummy provides clue to hepatitis B virus genetic code. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 6, 2017 from

Buggs, Adrienne (2014, Dec 16). Viral Hepatitis. MedScape. Retrieved from

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