viernes, 7 de abril de 2017

Examinations of a baby boy mummy

Examinations of a baby boy mummy

I think it’s about time we introduce you to a special occupant of the Artifact Lab.
This baby boy mummy, who dates to the Third Intermediate Period (1075-656 BCE), has been in our collection since 1898, when he was donated to the museum by Dr. Henry Shurtleff.

In the University’s 1898-1899 Annual Report of the Provost to the Board of Trustees, it states that Dr. Shurtleff presented the infant mummy to the museum on Christmas Day, as an “admirably preserved specimen and an interesting pathological subject”.
It seems that this mummy came into the collection unwrapped – he only has small amounts of textile preserved on his body (and there is currently no evidence that the cloth partially covering his body in the image above is related to his remains, but this remains to be determined). While the fact that he is unwrapped is unfortunate, it allows us to see how well preserved his remains are and evidence of how his body was mummified, including evisceration through an incision on the left side of his torso.

A CT scan in 2009 further reveals how this boy’s body was mummified, and also reveals damage not visible from the exterior. For example, it is clear that his brain was removed, likely through the nose (but due to the small side of his nasal bones it is not possible to see evidence of this). The scan also reveals a large hole in the left lower side of his skull, and the piece of missing bone resting inside his skull.
The excellent preservation of his body is not the only remarkable thing about this baby boy. While examining his remains, we noticed traces of a green substance in areas, including on his face and fingers.
This substance resembles copper corrosion, and it may either be corrosion from copper that was once in contact with his body (during burial), or may be traces of a green copper-based pigment. How do we know this green substance is copper-based? We tested it with our portable x-ray fluorescence analyzer, which showed high peaks for copper in these areas.
While we’re still working to interpret some of this information, I can tell you one thing for certain: this baby boy mummy sure is special. And if you visit the lab, you just might catch a glimpse of him.…/03/examinations-of-a-baby-boy-mu…/
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Left: A detail of the green substance under the boy’s right eye. Right: An overall view of the boy’s face, highlighting the locations of the green substance in a brighter green color.

The open fontanelle on the top of the baby’s head is indicated in these 2 images with blue arrow

 Two CT still images show the child mummy’s skull with a piece of bone resting inside the cranium (left) and the hole created as a result of this loss (right

The open incision on the left side of his body reveals a mostly empty body cavity, containing small bundles of linen.

sábado, 18 de marzo de 2017

domingo, 12 de marzo de 2017


Nesi mummy (dynasty XX). Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer. Vilanova i la Geltrú. Spain

viernes, 10 de marzo de 2017


Mummy dating from the Greco-Roman period, from Thebes, belonging to the so-called "Marquess Busca's mummy" in the Egyptian Museum in the Castello sforzesco in Milan, Italy. This is a pastiche/hoax created at the beginning of 19th century by Egyptian clandestine atnique dealers for roma marquess Carlo Busca. They created a "compete" sarcophagus by using the cover of the sarcophagus once beloged to a Pa-di-Khonsu (XX/XXIV dinasty, 9th century BC), the sarcophagus once beloged to a Di-Hor-Khapet (XXV/XXVII dinasty, 7th/6th century BC), a mummy from the Greco-Roman period, and the papyrus scroll of a Book of the Dead by scribe Pthames (15th century BC). - Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, February 14 2008.

viernes, 17 de febrero de 2017

Young crocodiles, mummied

Peabody Number: 78-64-50/16528.1
Display Title:
Young crocodiles, mummied
Inventory Description: Organic, fabric wrapped mummified reptiles
Materials: Fiber, Bone, Hide
Dimensions: Overall: 18.1 x 2.8 x 3.8 cm (7 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.) Overall, Weight: 12.3 g (0.012 kg)
Donor: Clarence Bloomfield Moore (01/01/1878)
Collector: Clarence Bloomfield Moore (Unknown)$0040/0/title-desc?t:state:flow=8344c201-5831-4b1a-a4fc-b7fa72562f7d

miércoles, 15 de febrero de 2017


An upper-class Egyptian male, often referred as "Usermontu"
Mummy of an upper-class Egyptian male from the Saite period.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum



Museo de Nápoles

domingo, 5 de febrero de 2017

momia, de época greco-romana

Una de las momias, de época greco-romana, tenía el sudario pintado con la figura de Osiris.

Diario de excavación Djehuty

Momias humanas amontonadas por los saqueadores.

Momias humanas amontonadas por los saqueadores.
Diario de excavación Djehuty

sábado, 4 de febrero de 2017

mummy-wrapping / human mummy

mummy-wrapping / human mummy
Museum number
Overall view of mummy's hand selected for freezing test; after freezing. Right hand of an adult mummy, inner layers of bandages remain

lunes, 16 de enero de 2017

Autopsy of the First Crocodile Onboard, Upper Egypt

Autopsy of the First Crocodile Onboard, Upper Egypt
Artist:Ernest Benecke (German, born England, 1817–1894)
Date:1852Medium:Salted paper print from paper negativeDimensions:Image: 17.5 x 21.3 cm (6 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.) Mount: 31.5 x 45.1 cm (12 3/8 x 17 3/4 in.)Classification:Photographs
This is perhaps the world’s first traveler snapshot, made on the deck of a traditional Nile vessel almost forty years before hand-held cameras, shutters, and fast film made the genre a possibility. In 1852, whether for business or simply on a young man’s grand tour, Benecke traveled throughout Egypt and the Mediterranean with a camera and a surprisingly humane spirit. The photographers who traveled there shortly before and after him, including Maxime Du Camp, Félix Teynard, and J. B. Greene, focused almost exclusively on the ancient monuments and landscape. Benecke, instead, documented the contemporary world with such keen sensitivity that his photographs, beyond their ethnographic value, present intimate and unaffected portraits of the region’s inhabitants.