There was a lot of excitement when a boy in the state of Lower Saxony found a mummy in a sarcophagus in an attic last month. But many thought that once the mummy was examined, it would turn out to be a fake.
But after radiological analysis, it has become clear that beneath the bandages lies a human skull with an arrowhead in one of its eye sockets, in addition to plates decorated with hieroglyphics and bones wrapped in metal foil. The scans raised more questions than answers.
It turns out that the mummy is NOT a genuine mummy but a forgery. The surprising part is that it contains actual bones.
The scans showed that the carefully wrapped object contains a skull, and a relatively intact skeleton. But all of the bones except for the skull are wrapped in a kind of metal foil, making further X-ray analysis impossible. In addition to the arrowhead in the eye socket, the skull is also wrapped with a metal diadem.
There’s no way this is a typical Egyptian mummy, says Andreas Nerlich, head of pathology at Munich’s Bogenhausen Clinic. “We’re dealing with an imitation,” he says. “But a human body, and perhaps more than one, were used to make it.”
This is a very intriguing tale. Who prepared the mummy? Where did the bones come from? Is this related to a crime? No one knows right now. Take a look at this story at the link for me. Fascinating.