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Baton Rouge Mummy
Human Mummy
Batonrouge
Photo by Mary Roland
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age 25-30
Sex m
Status
Height 5 foot 7
Source
Culture Greco-Egyptian
Date(s) 323 BC to 30 BC
Site
Current Location
Location
Catalog #
Now in the collection of the Louisiana Art and Science Center in Baton Rouge, it was acquired in 1964. The unnamed man was from the Ptolemaic period

Mummification

Unusually, the mummy was naturally mummified in hot, dry environmental conditions,and then given a traditional burial. The internal organs had not been removed. It is thought he was left long enough for rigor mortis to set in after his death as conjectured by evidence, they then did the best they could to wrap him and give him a traditional Egyptian burial.

Studies

The mummy is male, about 124 to 132 pounds, between 5-feet-7 inches and 5-feet-8 inches tall and was around 25 to 30 years old at the time of death.

The mummy's hair is preserved in its entirety, is reddish brown and in small ringlets.

Pathology

The mummy has seven broken ribs, which were broken at or near the time of death. Speculation has death as a result of receiving some sort of crushing blow to the chest, but this is still uncertain.

The level of organ preservation suggests that the body was fully desiccated prior to its arrival at the embalming facility

Additional

In the 1980s, a CT scan led to a conclusion that the mummy was a female priestess, the mummy’s hands are crossed over his pelvis, and in the 1980s, the CT scan technology couldn’t see past that. New technology, however, proves the mummy to be male.

External Links

https://www.lasm.org/exhibitions/permanent/ancient-egypt

https://www.lsureveille.com/daily/louisiana-art-and-science-museum-celebrates-years-of-mummy-exhibit/article_a01046b8-7c38-11e5-a206-a778bbc3721e.html

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