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MensajeTema: 2500-Year-Old Mummy of Teenage Boy Revealed   Jue Dic 11, 2014 1:31 am

2500-Year-Old Mummy of Teenage Boy Revealed

Dec 9, 2014 05:25 PM ET  //  by  Rossella Lorenzi


The gold-painted mask of 14-year-old Minirdis.
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Scientists in Chicago have opened an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, to reveal blackened toes that have remained hidden for nearly 2,500 years.

Coming from the Akhmim cemetery, on the east side of the Nile in Upper Egypt, the gold-painted, lavishly decorated sarcophagus was acquired by Chicago’s Field Museum in 1925.

“From the CT scans we took in 2011, we can see that the mummy is a boy, about 14 years old, apparently in good physical condition,” Field Museum curator J.P. Brown told Discovery News.

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According to the inscription on the coffin, the boy was named Minirdis. He was the son of Inaros, the hereditary stolist priest of Min, the Egyptian fertility god.


Indeed, Akhmim, located about 300 miles south of Cairo on the Nile, was one of ancient Egypt’s greatest cities and an important center of worship of Min. It is also known as the birthplace of Yuya, King Tutankhamun’s great-grandfather.

As a stolist priest, Minirdis’s father was a powerful individual who was responsible for ritually washing and clothing the statue of the god.

“Minirdis would likely have inherited the office had he lived,” Brown said.

Using specially created clamps as a cradle to lift the coffin lid, Brown and colleagues opened the sarcophagus. The aim was to restore and stabilize the mummy before it tours the country in the upcoming exhibit “Mummies: Images of the Afterlife.”

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The burial mask and the blackened toes are the only visible part of the mummy. The rest of the teenage body remained wrapped in a yellowing embalming cloth.
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previously unknown drawing of the Goddess Nut was found on the bottom of the coffin wen the mummy was removed.
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“The shroud, placed under the mask, but above the main wrappings, had been dragged to one side, carrying a painted cartonnage collar down under the mummy and this made removing the mummy quite difficult,” Brown said.

“The linen of the shroud and wrappings was quite brittle and this further complicated the operation,” he added.

As they removed the mummy, Brown and colleagues also found a previously unknown drawing of the Goddess Nut on the bottom of the coffin.

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Why Minirdis died so young is unknown.

According to Brown, he likely succumbed to some infectious disease or an organ failure.

“No evidence of malnutrition or disease is visible in the CT scan,” he said.

At the moment, Brown and colleagues are treating the elements that were wrapped around the mummy, such as the cartonnage mask and the shroud.They will also have to reconnect Minirdis’s detached feet.

“We will attempt to close up the wrappings at the toes. The linen wrappings are quite brittle, so it is a difficult task,” Brown said.
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