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Fag el-Gamous Child
Human Mummy
Fagelgamous
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unidentified Child
Age 18 months
Sex female
Status common/poor
Height unknown
Source
Culture Egyptian - Roman and Byzantine Empires
Date(s) between 1st and 7th century A.D.
Site Fag el-Gamous
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog # Unknown

The so-called ‘Million Mummy Necropolis’, is an enormous cemetery containing burials of ordinary Egyptian citizens who were naturally mummified by the hot and dry desert sands over 1,500 years ago.The mummies found at this site are thought to be from 1st to 7th century A.D.

Discovered in 2014, the mummy is an unidentified 18 month old child. The infant was found in the Fag el-Gamous (translated to "Way of the Water Buffalo") burial site. This burial was alongside a blond woman, presumably her mother.

Mummification

The unidentified child was buried in linen and wearing a necklace and two bracelets on each arm. Her internal organs were not removed. She was mummified by the arid natural environment. There was some evidence there was an attempt to complete a full mummification process, as the toes, toenails, tongue, and brain were well preserved. She was buried with great care. The body was buried in a deep shaft cut into limestone without a coffin.

External Links

https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1205&context=studiaantiqua

References 

Jarus, O. (2014). Million-mummy cemetery unearthed in Egypt. Retrieved from: https://www.livescience.com/49147-egyptian-cemetery-million-mummies.html

Mazza, E. (2014). Million mummy discovery disputed in Egypt. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/million-mummies-egypt_n_6352698

Holloway, A. (2014). Intriguing discoveries from million-mummy necropolis in Egypt revealed. Retrieved from: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/intriguing-discoveries-million-mummy-necropolis-egypt-revealed-002459

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