A group of researchers at Macquarie University in Australia published a study in the local magazine PLOS ONE analyzing a 3,000-year-old mummy with a mud shell! This is the first mummified body with mud ever found by experts. The survey results were released last Wednesday (4).
Currently, the mummy is at the Chau Chak Wing Museum in Sydney. According to the study, the person was mummified in Egypt’s 20th dynasty some 3,000 years ago.
The 3,000-year-old mummy with mud shell
According to the survey, the mummy is from a woman who was between 26 and 35 years old when she was mummified. The data were obtained by analyzing the dentition and the body skeleton. For this, a computed tomography was performed. The last time the mummy had done a tomography was in 1999. Therefore, the more technological resources allowed a better understanding of the body.
One of the most fascinating details of the study is the fact that the body is older than the coffin. Since the body was purchased by Sir Charles Nicholson, between 1856 and 1857, the coffin must have been originally sold with no real relationship to the mummified body.
In addition, the survey also provided more details about the mud shell. The shell surrounds the entire body and has layers wrapped in linen packaging. The images obtained reveal that the body was damaged shortly after the initial mummification. In this way, the mud was applied to restore the remains.
As the first mud-shelled mummy to be found, scientists are still unable to determine how common the practice was for the elite of Ancient Egypt. Therefore, further research must be conducted to find out more details about the procedure.