Abusir el-Meleq Mummies
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age varied
Sex both
Status varied
Height varied
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 1400 BCE to 400 CE.
Site Abusir el-Meleq
Current Location
Location University of Tübingen and the Felix von Luschan Skull Collection, Museum of Prehistory of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Catalog #
151 mummified remains from Abusir el-Meleq in Middle Egypt along the Nile River dated from 1400 BCE to 400 CE.


Standard mummification practices of the the age and culture.


Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History sampled the mummified remains from Abusir el-Meleq. The samples were subjected to a new DNA sequencing technique that allowed the team to successfully recover full genome-wide data sets from three individuals and mitochondria genomes from 90 individuals in order to test if the incursion from Alexander the Great or other foreign powers had left a genetic imprint on the ancient Egyptian population. The findings indicated Egyptians did not undergo any major shifts during the 1,300 year time span studied. Ancient Egyptians were closely related to Anatolian and Neolithic European populations, as well showing strong genetic traces from the Levant areas such as Turkey and Lebanon. Quite different from modern Egyptians who share about 8 percent of their DNA with Sub-Saharan African populations.

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