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Egyptian Infant
Infantmummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age 7-8 Months
Sex Male
Status high
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 30 BC and AD 130
Site
Current Location
Location Saint Louis Science Center
Catalog #

Acquired by a Missouri dentist at the turn of the century when he was touring the Middle East, the mummy was pulled from an attic before being donated to the St. Louis Science Center in 1985. In storage for 30 years, the mummy was finally utilized in advanced studies.

Much of the child's past life is unknown but research has revealed that the he lived more than 2,000 years ago. (Washington School of Medicine) The circumstances around his death are also unclear, as most of the internal organs were missing. Further research is being done in hopes of gaining insight about Egypt's ancient past.

Decades ago, someone cut away the wrappings around the shoulders, leaving the head exposed.

Mummification

The CT scans revealed a long wooden rod against the child's back that supported the mummy wrapping. A hole was found in the child's skull for removal of the brain. Small incisions on the left side of the body were detected through which the child's internal organs were removed.

Studies

Carbon dating suggested the child had lived between 30 BC and AD 130, Egypt's Roman period. The child's bones, skull, teeth suggested the child lived to be seven or eight months. Extracted DNA showed the child was a boy and his mother was European.

The mummy has been the subject of a collaborative study between the Saint Louis Science Center and the Washington University School of Medicine. During the first scan, scientist discovered four amulets, or fragments of amulets, buried within the wrapping covering the child. However, when the school performed a second scan, more than 10 years later, it was revealed that a fifth amulet can be seen inside the chest cavity where the heart once would have been. It has been speculated that the fifth amulet could possibly be a heart scarab.

Pathology

Researchers have not found evidence of disease and the cause of death is unknown.

External Links

https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/scans-baby-mummy-dinosaur-skulls-offer-clues-ancient-pasts/

https://www.livescience.com/1386-modern-technology-reveals-baby-mummy.html

References

Bhandari, Tamara. (2015, September 21). Clues to ancient past: baby mummy, dinosaur skulls scanned. Retrieved from https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/scans-baby-mummy-dinosaur-skulls-offer-clues-ancient-pasts/

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