A mummified teenager with a coronary heart of gold has been “digitally unwrapped” roughly 2,300 years after he was buried.
The undisturbed stays of the boy, estimated to be 14 or 15 years outdated when he died, had been examined through CT scans, revealing the lengths his household went to in trying to make sure his secure passage to the afterlife.
Ancient Egyptians believed that when folks died, their spirit launched into a harmful journey into the underworld, the place their character could be judged.
To guarantee a optimistic consequence, a spot within the afterlife, this explicit teenager was buried with 49 amulets – together with a golden scarab the place his coronary heart would have been and a golden tongue inside his mouth.
The mummy dates again to the Ptolemaic interval, when Egypt was dominated by a dynasty of the identical identify.
He was discovered at a cemetery used between roughly 332 and 30 BC in Nag el-Hassay in southern Egypt throughout the First World War, however was left unexamined within the basement of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum till now.
Thanks to the findings of the brand new research, printed within the journal Frontiers in Medicine, the mother was moved to the principle exhibition corridor below the nickname “Golden boy”.
How was the boy buried?
Not solely was the mother adorned with 49 amulets, reflecting his excessive class standing, he additionally wore a gilded masks, a pectoral cartonnage on his torso, and a pair of sandals.
“The sandals were probably meant to enable the boy to walk out of the coffin,” mentioned Dr Sahar Saleem, professor of medication at Cairo University and lead creator on the research.
“According to the ancient Egyptians’ ritual Book of The Dead, the deceased had to wear white sandals to be pious and clean before reciting its verses.”
The mummy was positioned inside two coffins – the internal one made from wooden, whereas the outer bore a Greek inscription.
He was surrounded by ferns, as was an historical Egyptian custom.
Dr Saleem mentioned: “Ancient Egyptians were fascinated by plants and flowers and believed they possessed sacred and symbolic effects.”
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As effectively as having his coronary heart eliminated, the boy had his mind taken out by means of his nostril.
But it was changed with resin reasonably than something golden.
His tooth had been in fine condition, although, with no proof of illness or cavities.
Researchers have been unable to establish a reason for demise past pure causes.