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« Reply #195 on: October 31, 2009, 02:23:23 am »

What to do in the event of an outbreak

While the history of the Hierakonpolis outbreak (or outbreaks) is certainly educational, it provides us with enough information to know that the potential exists for another one. Great care must be taken during any tomb excavation and when dealing with human remains. A little mummy dust in an open wound or scratch could have you driving the Devil's Cadillac in the fast lane all the way to Zombie-town.

Assuming the virus is unleashed, your first thought might be that you will be dealing with throngs of the ancient Egyptians. This is not the problem. Remember, that Solanum does not reanimate the already dead, it kills living beings and reanimates them into flesh eaters. The threat will therefore come from local population centers, and most likely the Hierakonpolis team itself.
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« Reply #196 on: October 31, 2009, 02:23:56 am »

There are two ways to stop a zombie. The first is simply to wait out the outbreak for a number of years until the living dead have decomposed to a level that they no longer present a threat. The second is the head shot. You have to disconnect what is left of the brain from the body. Given the tools on hand at Hierakonpolis this will likely be done with trowels (Marshalltown recommended), but shovels have also been shown to be effective.
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« Reply #197 on: October 31, 2009, 02:24:17 am »

Almost certainly the first sign of infection will come from the Hierakonpolis team. I would surmise that the most likely hosts will be physical anthropologists working in the lab environment due to their continued exposure to human remains and that good old fashioned "mummy dust" we are all familiar with. The unfortunate side effect of the infection starting within this specialized group of researchers is that they are generally the least squeamish about decapitation duty. I know for a fact that Sean Dougherty, a physical anthropologist with extensive experience at the site, wouldn't hesitate to lop off the head of any member of the team at any time, and for any reason. As morbid and disturbing as it sounds, guys like Sean can be a real asset in this type of situation.
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« Reply #198 on: October 31, 2009, 02:24:40 am »

However, should these experts be unavailable, or have already succumbed, it might be time to consider barricades. The Hoffman House has a number of rooms that could easily be secured against zombie intrusion. Just make sure the room is ghoul-free prior to barricading yourself in it. Treat the outbreak as you would any other natural disaster. Have a contingency plan for food, water, and other necessities, and be prepared to be self sufficient. The fact that the Hoffman House has an existing wall around it with a locking metal gate, a water system, solar power, fruit-bearing trees, and a vegetable garden, puts you in a great position to survive. In fact, the house is situated so well, tactically speaking, it is hard to imagine that the original architect was unaware of the potential of the house as a defensive position in the event that the dead would rise again.
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« Reply #199 on: October 31, 2009, 02:26:13 am »

This may seem absurd, but you won't think its funny when you are feasting on the corpses of your friends and fellow researchers, in fact, you won't be thinking at all.

Tom Flanigan, Archaeologist, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

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    * For more about the Hierakonpolis Expedition, and to contribute to it, see the project website at www.hierakonpolis.org. Recent field reports can also be seen in the Interactive Dig pages of ARCHAEOLOGY's website.

References

Brooks, M. 2003. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. Three Rivers Press, New York

Davis, W. 1988. "Zombification," in Science, New Series, Vol. 240, No. 4860. Pp. 1715-1716

Dougherty, S.P., 2004. A Little More off the Top. Nekhen News 16: 11-12. (on line at www.hierakonpolis.org/resources)

Flanigan, T., and T. Lewis. 2004 Clearing the Nest: Vampires in the Nevada Desert. Report on file at the U.S. Forest Service, Ely, Nevada

Friedman, R. 2002. The Predynastic Cemetery at HK43: Excavations in 2002. Nekhen News 14: 9-10. (on line at www.hierakonpolis.org/resources)

Maish, A., 2003 Not just another cut throat. Nekhen News 15:26. (on line at www.hierakonpolis.org/resources)

Maish, A., and R. Friedman. Pondering Paddy: Unwrapping the Mysteries of HK43. Nekhen News 11: 6-7 (on line at www.hierakonpolis.org/resources)

Murray, M.A., 1956. Burial customs and beliefs in the hereafter in Predynastic Egypt. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 42: 86-96.
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« Reply #200 on: October 31, 2009, 02:27:10 am »



Tom Flanigan demonstrates trowel technique for zombie eradication.
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« Reply #201 on: October 31, 2009, 02:28:36 am »



Shovel technique
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« Reply #202 on: October 31, 2009, 02:29:38 am »




The threat will most likely come from local population centers, most probably those working on the excavation.
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« Reply #203 on: October 31, 2009, 02:30:34 am »




The physical anthropologists are obviously the most exposed to the potential of infection.
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« Reply #204 on: October 31, 2009, 02:31:26 am »



Physical Anthropologist Sean Dougherty, our chief asset in the event of a zombie attack.
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« Reply #205 on: October 31, 2009, 02:32:57 am »



If all else fails, places like Hoffman house are designed to withstand a zombie outbreak.
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