| A Young Man Preserved in the Sand |
|Age||20-35 years old|
|Status||Lower class- peasant|
|Date(s)||Around 3500 BC|
|Location||The British Museum, United Kingdom|
This unknown mummy was preserved in the sand in the middle predynastic period, about 3500 BC in ancient Egypt. He was buried alongside what was believed to be other men from Gabelein B, an important centre in an ancient Egypt at the time.
The brain of the man was found to be particularly preserved. This mummy was one of the six discovered at the location that were found to be natural mummies. Essentially it is a mummy that has been naturally preserved, and there is no embalmment that takes place. Most likely preserved by chance, being buried in a shallow grave is the most probable cause.
Because he is a natural mummy, his digestive tract is preserved. Significantly there appears to be evidence of what the last food was that the man consumed before his death, however no actual samples have been taken yet to determine what the food was. Found that the man was young when he died, appeared to be between the ages of 20-35. Perhaps indicating that the life in the pre domestic era was much harder.
Unknown, however most likely natural causes occurring in that time period.
Currently can be found at The British Museum located in the United Kingdom.