Examination of female mummy reveals she is actually a he

Published on May 3rd, 2012 | by Admin

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Researchers in Croatia have discovered that a 2,300-year-old mummy they thought belonged to an Egyptian woman named Kareset actually contains the body of a man who died 600 years earlier.

Around 2,900 years ago, an ancient Egyptian man, likely in his 20s, passed away after suffering from a rare, cancerlike disease that may also have left him with a type of diabetes.

When he died he was mummified, following the procedure of the time. The embalmers removed his brain (through the nose it appears), poured resin-like fluid into his head and pelvis, took out some of his organs and inserted four linen “packets” into his body. At some point the mummy was transferred to the 2,300 year-old sarcophagus of a woman named Kareset, an artifact that is now in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Story: Owen Jerus, LiveScience | Photo: Dr. Mislav Cavka

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