How to feed a mummy in the afterlife
Published on November 26th, 2013 | by Admin0
In King Tutankhamun’s tomb, for example, archaeologists found 48 wooden cases of butchered cuts of beef and poultry. But unlike offerings of fruit and grains, which could last for quite a while once dehydrated and placed in dry tombs, pieces of meat required special treatment. After just a few hours in the desert heat, “they will become a terrible mess if you don’t take some steps to preserve them,” says Richard Evershed, an archaeological chemist at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. The solution? Mummify.
Story: Lizzie Wade, Science Now | Photo: PNAS