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Ancient Egyptian shroud rediscovered in Scotland

A 2,000-year-old Egyptian shroud has been rediscovered in the collections of Scotland’s National Museums.

Conservators gently humidified it so that the fibres became less dry and brittle.

This allowed them to carefully unfold the shroud, a process which took almost 24 hours.

A hieroglyphic inscription on the shroud revealed the identity of the owner to be the previously unknown son of the Roman-era high-official Montsuef and his wife Tanuat.

Dr Maitland said: “To discover an object of this importance in our collections, and in such good condition, is a curator’s dream.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: National Museum of Scotland

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