Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scan reveals crocodile mummy contents

Copenhagen Post

With photos.

Scan reveals surprise content of museum’s crocodile mummy

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum made an exciting find this week.

The museum, in conjunction with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, scanned two 2,000-year-old crocodile mummies in its collection for the first time and found to its surprise that one contained the remains of an actual crocodile.

Egyptologist Tine Bagh explained that the ancient Egyptians made many crocodile mummies but they were often filled only with hay. She described the discovery of the mummified remains of a 20-cm long baby crocodile as ‘exciting’.

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