A 10-year-old German boy has found what appears to be a mummy hidden in a corner of his grandmother’s attic.
But it is unclear whether the bandaged item found by Alexander Kettler in Diepholz, northern Germany, is a genuine relic from ancient Egypt.
Mr Kettler [Alex's father] said he had little doubt that the sarcophagus, as well as a death mask and a canopic jar – used by ancient Egyptians to store removed organs – found nearby, were replicas.
However, he believes the mummy may be real.
The dentist’s late father travelled to North Africa in the 1950s.
At that time there was still a trade in genuine mummies, Mr Kettler told his local paper, Die Kreiszeitung.
And there was a trend for mummy unwrapping parties in the 1950s, he said.
Mummy unwrapping parties? Sounds intriguing. Well, what do you know! Egyptomania was all the rage. Unwrapping a mummy was a great social occasion. However, this site disputes that it was such a deal and they were mostly done as lectures in public, not at people’s homes. That doesn’t help us figure out the origin of the mummy in this story. Their mummy is being examined by archaeologists in Berlin.
UPDATE (5-Aug-2013) Many people have chimed in saying so much is wrong with this (including those who do know something about Egyptian relics), it is almost certainly a fake. If so, we may not hear the official word in the media.