Monday, 28 December 2015

Mummy Unwrapping Results in a Dusty End


It could be the stuff of horror movies - an Egyptian mummy, preserved for over 2,500 years, meets an untimely fate at the hands of the protagonists.  Except in this case, the mummy in question was not about to reek havoc on unsuspecting bystanders.  It was however unlucky enough to have been unearthed in the nineteenth century and subjected to the common practice of investigation by unwrapping:  

Image - Taliesin Meets the Vampires
 Unswathing a Mummy

There was unwrapped, at the Manchester Museum yesterday, the mummy of , an Egyptian prince of the 12th dynasty, who lived about 2,500 years before the Christian era.  The corpse, which was acquired from the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, was found recently by Professor Flinders Petrie during investigations in the region of the Blue Nile.  After the removal of the last bandage the bones crumbled into dust, with the exception of the skull,  which remained intact.

 As reported on 7 May 1908 in the Lancashire Evening Post - Preston, Lancashire, England




2 comments:

  1. That would be one of the Two Brothers mummies, possibly Nekht-Ankh, unwrapped by Margaret Murray before the public. To my knowledge it was only the flesh that crumbled, as it had not been well treated with natron (the 12th Dynasty in the Middle Kingdom was in the early days of natron use in mummification). The bones are on display at the Manchester museum today; the crumbled flesh of both mummies (mixed together) is in two jars in storage. Needless to say, this is why we do NOT unwrap mummies any more!

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  2. Fascinating stuff Jasmine! Thanks for the information :-)

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