| Sharuna Mummy |
|Site||Kom al-Ahmar/Sharuna necropolis|
In 2010, archaeologists excavating the site of the Kom al-Ahmar/Sharuna necropolis in Egypt came across the remains of several mummies, one of which had a skull displaying clear blood vessel imprints. A part of a male's brain or meninges was pressed up against his skull, in perfect conditions, allowing for the vessels to be imprinted on the skull. It was easy to tell the pattern and size of the vessels. Even though the brain is usually removed during mummification, the meninges stayed intact, which allowed for the imprint. This is an extremely rare case.
The mummy was preserved using bitumen. Usually, the brain in removed through the nasal cavity, then the cranial cavity is cleaned. In this case it is possible that a part of the brain was left intact, leading to the imprint.
This 2,000-year-old skull recovered at the necropolis is the oldest case of mummified vascular prints documented.
The mummy is identified as W19.
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