Friday, November 25, 2005

Investigating the death of Irt Irw
"A mystery surrounding the death of one of the Hancock Museum's ancient residents is under investigation following a visit from world renowned Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher. The mummy of Irt Irw, which dates back to 664-525BC, was found in a tomb near Thebes, Egypt. Estimated to be aged between 30 and 40 years old she was first unwrapped during an autopsy in 1830 by three local doctors who removed 22.5 kg of bandages from her. The autopsy did not find any conclusive evidence as to why she died. It is this unique mystery which was investigated by Dr Joann Fletcher, Dr Stephen Buckley, a biochemist researching mummification techniques and the Hancock Museum's own Egyptologist Gillian Scott . . . . This ground-breaking research is part of an international project investigating evidence of disease in ancient Egyptian mummies".
See the above web page for more.

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