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Mystery of unusual Egyptian mummies from Saqqara unraveled

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Manish Saini
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The ancient Egyptians had an unusual knowledge of embalming the body of the deceased. It is assumed that they used soda lime.

A pair of unusual Egyptian mummies, which were found over 400 years ago in Saqqara, an ancient cemetery, were embalmed by an unusual method. This is the conclusion reached by scientists who examined the corpses, comparing them with another mummy. 

It is noted that these are the only mummies from this cemetery. They lay on wooden slates and were wrapped in a shroud with a full-length portrait.

Stephanie Zesc of the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim says one body belongs to a man who died at the age of 20, the second to a woman between the ages of 30 and 40, and the third to a teenage girl who died between the ages of 17 and 19. 

The last mummy was found to have a benign tumor. 

In general, all the corpses had traces of health problems, although it has not yet been proven whether these diseases were the cause of death.

In ancient Egypt, there was certain knowledge for embalming the body. Organs were removed from the body, placed in vessels, dried, and preservatives were used. 

Interestingly, two of the three mummies had their brains removed. But the organs of the teenager were not taken out.

Stephanie Zesch suggests that soda lime was used in the embalming.

It is also known that beaded necklaces were found on female representatives, and all three mummies had coins. 

According to mythology, this is necessary to pay for the services of Charon, who allegedly transported dead people to the afterlife.

It was reported by The Premier Daily.

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