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Scotland's First Criminal Dissection and the Mummy's Tomb

Episode 8 of 10

Susan Morrison visits the Surgeons' Hall museums in Edinburgh with director of heritage Chris Henry and explores ghostly afterlives with historian Dr Martha McGill.

This week Susan Morrison visits the Surgeons' Hall museums in Edinburgh with Director of Heritage, Chris Henry to find out about the first executed criminal to be dissected, David Myles and what an 18th century dissection involved.

Historian of Scottish supernatural beings, Dr Martha McGill tells Susan about the surgeon who did the dissecting: Dr Archibald Pitcairn and the dream of a dead friend returned which haunted him all his life.

Delving deeper into the afterlife, Susan finds out how the Ancient Egyptians got there from Dr Margaret Maitland of National Museums of Scotland, the curator of their exhibition 'The Tomb'. It's an exhibition built from the remarkable finds made by Scottish archaeologists in Egypt.

Finally this week's WW1 At Home remembers the Americans' entry into the war and their naval base at Inverness with local historian Richard Jenner.

30 minutes

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An Ancient Egyptian Mummy Mask

An Ancient Egyptian Mummy Mask

Mummy mask depicting Montsuef wearing a lappet-wig excavated in the tomb of Montsuef at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna Thebes Early Roman period 9BC

Montsuef was a high ranking official

Montsuef was a high ranking official
Exhibition curator Dr Margaret Maitland with the gilded mask of Montsuef

The Dissection Theatre

The Dissection Theatre
After Surgeons Hall has a dedicated Anatomy Theatre, with an interactive dissection table

In 1702 David Myles was sentenced to death for incest and his body was dissected by physician Archibald Pitcairne

In 1702 David Myles was sentenced to death for incest and his body was dissected by physician Archibald Pitcairne

Portrait of Archibald Pitcairne

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World War One at Home - Scotland

World War One at Home - Scotland

Places in Scotland that tell a story of World War One