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Oval packet, taken from a mummy, wrapped in linen bandages, encrusted with resin. Birch Slip suggests that the bundle might contain human hair. Radiography and CT scanning were inconclusive. The contents of the bundle, a white material, were exposed at several points through damage. A small sample of this material was analysed by Raman spectrometry and found to be sodium sulphate. This suggests that the bundle contains materials used in the mummification process. It is possible that some hair is also present, as suggested by the CT scan.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 7.5 centimetres (max)
- Width: 14 centimetres (max)
- Depth: 9 centimetres (max)
- Weight: 580 grammes
fair (one end damaged)
12 December 2006
Reason for analysis
Scientific Examination Of A Small Mummy Bundle Ea 6725
A small resin covered mummy bundle was radiographed for BBC filming. Little detail could be made out of the contents. Raman analysis was carried out on a small sample of the contents exposed by a broken surface. This was found to be sodium sulphate, indicating that the bundle is probably of material used in the mummification process.
Analysis reference number
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- BS.6725 (Birch Slip Number)
- Salt 1821
Radiograph of oval packet, taken from a mummy, wrapped in linen bandages, encrusted with resin. Birch Slip suggests that the bundle might contain human hair; CT scanning appears to support this identification, but x-rays suggest that contents may be either mummy-packing or visceral material.
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Object reference number: YCA55441
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