German mummy was fake BUT REAL

There is a surprising update to this story of a mummy found in a German attic.

Diepholz Attic Mummy Contains Human Bones – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

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.

The Diepholz mummy

The Diepholz mummy

  5 comments for “German mummy was fake BUT REAL

  1. spookyparadigm
    September 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Getting a distinct secret 19th century fraternity feel from this, like Odd Fellows

    If they’re not going to take it apart, the best lead would be to try and identify that projectile point. It might be fairly diagnostic.

  2. September 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    some real mummies (From Egypt) are fake. Xrays of many small sacrificial mummies (usually of animals, including cats and birds) were found to often not have the animal promised inside. often just a bone or even a rock. The more exotic the animal, the more often it was found to have been faked (you paid big money for a baboon?) Anyway, the art of the fake is almost as old as mankind

  3. Sam
    September 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    To quote the wisdom of Curly Howard “I don’t want to be a mummy, I want to be a daddy” 🙂

  4. September 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    @spookyparadigm It’s possible that the mummy is a prop once used by an organization like Odd Fellows or Masons, but it is unnecessarily detailed for that. Why the metal foil around the bones? Why a skeleton at all if it is completely wrapped in bandages? I suspect this was made as a hoax for collectors.

    I am aware of a fraternal lodge that dates from the 1800’s that still has a real skeleton used in in a certain ritual and seen only by members. Its role in the ritual is very solemn and respectful. There is no documentation of when or how the skeleton was obtained by the lodge.

    Many biology and anatomy classrooms have also found that their old articulated skeletons are real. I suspect most old skeletons used by schools and fraternal orders came from cadavers used by medical schools, cleaned and articulated for sale. In the 19th century it was likely cheaper and easier to use the real thing than to produce a good imitation.

  5. spookyparadigm
    September 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Sure, but then why place an actual skull, with a hidden headdress and hidden arrow wound, in a mummy hoax for collectors. That’s why I started wondering about something with more meaning behind it. It seems like incredible effort to put something that is either a potential archaeologically-originating skeleton to start with, or evidence of worse, in a fake mummy in a manner that no one would ever see it (and that an X-Ray would quickly suss out, as was the case here).

    I can’t imagine that the “mummy” would have sold for very much as it is so obviously fake looking (and was treated as such, since it just went up in the attic). If the skull is an archaeological relic as it appears it might be, it would probably have been worth more money as is.

    I’d be more willing to believe this was an attempt to smuggle something in a “fake” mummy “prop.”

    I have to say, I am somewhat amused by another aspect. The oldest mummies in the world aren’t Egyptian, but Chinchorror from the dry Atacama desert of South America’s southern Pacific coast. Their method of construction was much more akin to this than to an Egyptian mummy.

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