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Friday, April 9, 2021

The scent of history: Egyptologist Dora Goldsmith | Pasatiempo |

The scent of history: Egyptologist Dora Goldsmith

The scent of history
What an Egyptian mummy smells like may have never crossed your mind. But, depending on the period to which the mummy dates, you might be surprised. Imagine how some combination of pine, cedar, juniper, celery seed, and myrrh would smell, particularly in a well-preserved specimen from the New Kingdom (1550 BCE-1077 BCE), when the art of mummification reached its greatest degree of sophistication. So skillful were the embalmers that, even after millennia, some mummies still retain the aroma of the ingredients used to preserve them.

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