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2,500-year old 'poorly preserved' mummy may offer cues into ancient Egypt

2018-03-28 17:40
A 2,500-year old coffin might contain the remains of a prestigious mummy. The University of Sydney acquired the coffin 150 years ago and incorrectly classified it empty. "So the very fact it's so poorly preserved, in a way, is an almost unique opportunity for us,” said Jamie Fraser, Senior Curator at the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney on Tuesday (March 27), adding: "We can physically lay the remains out and actually handle them and start asking some quite intimate questions that those bones will hold, about the pathologies, about the diet, about the disease, about the lifestyle of this person - how they lived, why they died. All those clues should be in the bones.” Whole mummies are typically left intact, limiting their scientific benefits. Hieroglyphs show the original occupant of the coffin was a female called Mer-Neith-it-es, who academics believe was a high priestess in 600 BC. "Do we have the remains of Mer-Neith-it-es? We don't know, but that's that is really what's driving this research project." Restrictions Broadcasters: PART NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA Digital: PART NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM .AU / NEWS.COM.AU