Mummy Found Inside Ancient Sarcophagus

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In what sounds like something straight out of a Hollywood monster movie, human remains have been discovered inside of a 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin that was thought to be empty.

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A century and a half ago the University of Sydney acquired the coffin, which was left in its Nicholson Museum untouched. Scientists finally decided to study the artifact and were shocked to discover the remains of a mummy under the sarcophagus lid. Hieroglyphs and carvings in the dark wood suggest the occupant could be a high priestess from the temple of the goddess Sekhmet named Mer-Neith-it-es. The coffin, from sixth century BC, was one of four acquired by former chancellor Charles Nicholson. He bought it at an antiques market after it was more than likely removed by tomb robbers in the 1800s.

Nicholson Museum

It makes sense to wonder why it went so long without being opened, but according to museum records, it was reported to be empty. At most, researchers were hoping find a bit of debris, such as residual bandages and maybe some bones. They found much more than that. The sarcophagus was actually holding a lot of human bones, resin fragments, bandages and hundreds of faience beads that had once rested over the mummy as a net. Due to Mer-Neith-it-es' poor condition, which could be attributed to its initial treatment from the tomb robbers, they decided to excavate. This included a CT scan that revealed incredible details about the roughly 30-year-old person inside.

Macquarie Medical Imaging

The scientists hope to learn a lot from the mummy, like information regarding pathology, diet, diseases and general lifestyle. Check out the video below to see an official report on the findings...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-qDZdMwD9A