Researcher at the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman at the European Academy of Bolzano and co-author with Arthur C. Aufderheide, Melissa Johnson Williams and Albert R. Zink of the study “The Salafia Method Rediscovered,” published in The European Journal of Pathology. The spirit of the researcher was awakened in him for the first time at the age of eight, when in February of 1985 vandals deturparono with oil paint green mummies preserved in the Crypt of the Capuchins in Savoca, near his native town of Messina. Not new to abnormal requests of this kind, Dario Piombino-Mascali asked his father to take him to that mysterious place, to quench his curiosity as a researcher in the grass, that already before, had led him to admire the Blessed Eustochia da Messina and its scary story. The childish imagination took concrete form, however, the University of Pisa, where anthropology epaleopatologia would have won forever, directing his research on mummies Sicily. And it is the picturesque rural villages neighbors Savoca, Piraino, Saint Lucia del Mela, Novara di Sicilia, Militello Rosemary and the famous Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo that the young researcher focused his attention. Defying superstition has cataloged thousands of mummies of the late modern age, classifying them by sex, age and type of mummification along with meticulous historical research in the archives of the parish.