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Scientists Uncover Talismans of 'Unknown Mummy' in Egypt | Asharq AL-awsat

Scientists Uncover Talismans of 'Unknown Mummy' in Egypt

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - 07:45
A mummy is seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. (photo credit:
Cairo - Hazem Badr
Since the beginning of the archeological excavations in the region in 2014, archeologists discovered
30 mummies inside 23 cemeteries dating back to different eras in the Agha Khan area, Aswan, last
week. One of the mummies has an unfamiliar state.

The mummy was intact and wrapped with linens, but, the coffin in which it was placed and the
cemetery accommodating the coffin didn't feature any engraves that determine its identity. The
mummy, which dates back to the late period of ancient Egypt has been classified as "unknown."

The lack of information that may help in proceeding DNA tests and comparing them with other mummies'
DNA makes it almost impossible to reach data determining the identity of the mummy. But, according
to Director General of Aswan Antiquities Abdel Moneim Saeed, scientists will be able to gather
information that at least precise the class to which the mummy belongs, its work, and whether it had
diseases or not.

Saeed told Asharq Al-Awsat: "once discovered, the mummy was moved to the study lab at Aswan Museum,
and then it will be moved into Aswan University Hospital to undergo a CT scan that helps us gather
more data within six months."

This is not the first time scientists rely on CT scans in their studies on mummies. In February
2017, CT scans were used to examine four mummies discovered at the nobles' cemeteries in Aswan by
the archeological mission of the University of Jaén, aiming at detecting the disease history of the
mummies, and analyzing the scientific and medical advancement that had been achieved by the ancient
Egyptians in diagnosing and treating diseases. The scan took place after detecting clear symptoms of
breast cancer in one of the mummies.

Saeed says: "these scans provided us with a great result. It showed that the lady (mummy) took a
treatment that helped her survive for a long time," noting that after moving the mummy to the
hospital for further tests, they will likely need six months before they announce their findings on
the mummy.


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