Mummification Practices Occurred Earlier, New Study Suggests

August 14, 2014 5:12 PM

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Most scientific researchers believed that mummification practices took place in 2,200BC, but a new Australian study shows that the practice was occurring much earlier – in, say, 4,500-3,500BC.

The study, conducted by Macquarie University, analyzed the tomb linens of deceased persons from Egypt’s Badari and Mostagedda that were excavated in the 1920s and 30s. Macquarie University’s Dr. Jana Jones noticed that the excavations from 80 years ago showed the presence of some petroleum ingredien...

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