Saturday, October 5, 2013

Immigrant mummy

On the heels of the Romans in 1st c. Britain were North Africans. While there is evidence that the Romans were embalming and wrapping their dead in linen according to the Egyptian tradition, a recent find clarifies that Egyptians were practicing their customs there themselves. In Barnsley, South Yorkshire, archaeologists have discovered the cast of a mummified child. Circa 300 A.D., the tiny body had been embalmed, wrapped in a linen, and then encased in a layer of gypsum plaster due to the damp climate. The mummy cast (IMAGE ABOVE) is now part of an exhibit at the Barnsley Town Hall (VIDEO HERE). Egyptologist Joann Fletcher of the University of York asks, “Mummies in Yorkshire, how good does it get?

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