Original paper

Radiological and archaeological investigation of a mummy from Roman Egypt curated in the National Museum of Lithuania

Piombino-Mascali, Dario; Jankauskas, Rimantas; Snitkuvienė, Aldona; Rutkauskas, Tadas; Sutherland, M. Linda

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 73 No. 1 (2016), p. 69 - 79

published: Apr 1, 2016
published online: Mar 7, 2016
manuscript accepted: Aug 24, 2015
manuscript received: Jun 9, 2015

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Abstract

Summary Among the collections belonging to the National Museum of Lithuania at Vilnius, resides an ancient Egyptian coffin containing a mummified human body. The coffin and its occupant are believed to have belonged to the King of Poland and to have been located in his palace at Warsaw. At the turn of the last century, Egyptologists dated the coffin to the end of the 21st dynasty (1070 BC–945 BC), and described the item as coming from Thebes, belonging to Hori, priest of Amun-Ra. However, no investigation was ever carried out on the human body associated with the coffin. Within the framework of the Lithuanian Mummy Project, the preserved human remains underwent computed tomographic investigation in order to reconstruct the biological profile of the subject and to determine the embalming method employed. This led to the identification of a young adult male. Additionally, the mummy shroud was stylistically assessed in order to determine the mummy’s chronology in Egyptian history. Interestingly, the body could be ascribed to the Roman period of Egypt (30 BC–395 AD) due to analogies with the burial shrouds of the Soter group. This indicates a reuse of the coffin at some point in history.

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mummyRoman Egyptcomputed tomographybioarchaeologyLithuania