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Youngest Egyptian Mummy
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Youngest Egyptian Mummy
Age 16-18 weeks gestation
Sex unclear
Status
Height
Source
Culture ancient Egypt
Date(s) 644 B.C. - 525 B.C.
Site Giza
Current Location
Location Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Catalog #


BiographyEdit

The youngest Egyptian Mummy was found in a miniature coffin (17 inches and 44 centimeters) after a CT scan was performed on a casket found in 1907. In 1907, the British School of Archaeology discovered the coffin in Giza, but at first, curators assumed internal organs were stored in

Mummy-upper-limbs

that coffin instead of a tiny skeleton. The skeleton was identified to be a fetus; the fetus was at approximately 16-18 weeks of gestation when it died. Museum officials state that it was miscarried, but the cause of the miscarriage is unclear. The gender of the fetus is also unknown.


MummificationEdit

CT and Micro CT scans of the tiny skeleton revealed that the fetus had five fingers and toes on each of its hands and feet; its legs and arms, which were crossed over its chest, were also visible. The tiny skeleton was wrapped, bandaged, and covered in molten black resin.

Additional InformationEdit

Coffin is cedarwood, with carvings on it.

In 1907, the wooden casket was found and added to the Fitzwilliam Museum collection The gender is unclear

ReferencesEdit

Geggel, L. (May 13, 2016) Newly Discovered Fetus is Youngest Egyptian Mummy on Record. Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/54743-mummy-fetus-discovered-egypt-coffin.html

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