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mummy-wrapping / human mummy

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    Naturally preserved body of an adult male lying in a flexed position; remains of bandages survive in the region of the neck, pelvis, and right ankle. Skull - This is detached from the body and the cervical vertebrae are in the region of the pelvis. There is a semilunar opacity within the skull. Mouth closed. Some of the upper and lower incisors are missing. Remaining teeth appear healthy. Thorax and Abdomen - Grit and sand are present in both cavities. Many of the ribs are fractured. The lumbo-dorsal spine appears normal. No arthritic changes. The intervertebral discs seem normal. Arms - One of the arms is dislocated at the elbow joint and the left hand is detached at the wrist. Legs - Both feet detached. There is a fracture mid-shaft of the left femur. No lines of arrested growth.


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    • Length: 151 centimetres
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    • Dawson & Gray 1968 6 bibliographic details
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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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