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mummy-wrapping / bracelet / human mummy

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    Mummy of a boy aged about eight, wearing a bracelet around the right wrist. This body was emblamed and very tightly bandaged when it was in a state of decomposition as is shown by the damage done to the bony cage, the lumbar spine, and the pelvis. Skull - The head is flexed, all teeth are present and the mouth is firmly closed. The soft tissues of the nose, lips, and chin are clearly visible. There is a circular, comminuted fracture about the size of a small orange in the centre of the frontal bone, and the fragments lies within the apparently otherwise empty cranial cavity. The cervical spine appears normal. Thorax and Abdomen - Apparently empty. All the left ribs have been dislocated but not fractured at their costo-vertebral junctions, and the majority are crowded together in the upper left hemithorax. On the right side, the 10th and 11th ribs are lying free in the abdominal cavity but there are no associated fractures. The dorsal spine and intervertebral discs are within normal limits. There is a linen plug in the embalming would in the left flank. The lower four lumbar vertebrae have been dislodged and lie in a column in the right side of the abdomen. The pelvis has been severely compressed, and all the bones are dislocated but not fractured. The penis seems to have been bandaged separately. Arms - Extended. The palms of the hands (fingers extended) lie on the outer aspect of the thighs. No fractures or dislocations present. A bracelet of beads or semi-precious stones encircles the right wrist. Legs - The long bones appear normal save for a line of arrested growth at the lower end of either femur. No fractures or dislocations present. The feet appear normal.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 74 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Dawson & Gray 1968 75 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    3 April 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Prepare 3 x child mummies for Ct scanning at Greenwich hospital Blackheath. Secure loose elements to ensure no loss during transport. No need to clean.


    The mummy is very dirty. Several of teh exterior strappings are loose and broken along the underside of the mummy. The bandages are very discoloured and have an incomplete bitumen coating. The mummy is complete with no evidence of broken limbs.

    Treatment details

    The loose bandages were secured using undyed japanese tissue coated with 5% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in IMS. Ends of the tissue were left exposed to ensure easy removal if necessary. The treatment was intended only to secure loose bandaging during the CT scanning trip and was not intended to be for display.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6723 (Birch Slip Number)


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