German mummy mystery SOLVED

Wait, WHAT!?

2,000-year-old German mummy is plastic dummy – Telegraph.

Officials said the dummy had been sprayed with a mysterious chemical that made the bones appear real to experts.

Lutz Gaebler, a Lower Saxony prosecutor who had declared the ‘mummy’ was 2,000 years old, has now admitted that bone X-rays had proven the experts wrong.

“The mummy was unwrapped, and we have seen relatively quickly that the ingredients are not ancient,” he said.

While the bandage-wrapped mummy contained a real skull, an arrowhead implanted in the bone came from a child’s toy.

Photo credit: DPA/EPA

Photo credit: DPA/EPA

This is an update on this story and then the further find that it had been xrayed and found to contain bones, and an arrow in the eye. Now it’s discovered to be fake it its entirety. OK, glad that’s solved but NOT really what I expected.

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  3 comments for “German mummy mystery SOLVED

  1. RDW
    September 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    it must have been a prop for a circus or carnival or play or haunted house or something.

  2. Banana
    September 26, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    @RDW According to the original article, “… there was a trend for mummy unwrapping parties in the 1950s, …” so that explains that, I guess.

  3. Ryuthrowsstuff
    September 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    @Banana Well the father of the kid who found it claims there was a trend for mummy unwrapping parties in the 1950’s, I’m hardly an expert on weird crap Germans were up to post WW2, But the last time I’ve heard of mummy unwrappings being remotely popular was among Victorian era scientific associations and occultists. Besides a few bones and a children’s toy isn’t a very convincing fake once you’ve unwrapped it as we’re seeing now.

    If it wasn’t a deliberate gaff for display purposes it’s probably just a garden variety fake. The antiquities market is (and always has been) flooded with them.

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