A 2,000-year-old mummy has surprised scientists with strange patterns wrapped around its legs
Ingridi Brunato under the supervision of Thiago Lincoln Posted on 08/08/2022 at 08:00
A study published in the International Journal of Paliopathology on December 30, 2021, reveals an unprecedented discovery in archeology: the discovery of an ancient Egyptian costume on a 2,000-year-old mummy.
“It was really exciting because we weren’t expecting it. It’s never been described before,” he said. Albert ZincA mummy expert involved in the study told Business Insider.
The scented man was a female child no more than four years old and she was wearing a bandage on her right leg.
Through CT scans, an international team of researchers concluded that the girl had an infection and a wound at the time of her death. It was a wound covered by artwork.
This is the first scientific article that has been able to verify the presence of dry pus through this method, as reported by Só Científica portal.
It is worth noting that the ointment girl was not the only object of analysis by experts: they were studying a total of 21 relatively well-preserved Egyptian mummies.
These date to the Ptolemaic dynasty (which began after his death) AlexanderGreat) and the period when Egypt was under the Roman Empire.
All remnants belong to young people who were either children or pre-adolescents. According to archaeologists, they were between 4 and 14 years old at the time of their death.
The girl with the bandaged legs did not show any signs of infection. Evidence has been found that two other children were infected with the disease, for example, skin lesions. The presumption by the article is that the cause of death of this trio was infection.
Egyptian medicine was primitive, but some papyri of ancient civilization described techniques that had some efficacy. Presumably, they were discovered through trial and error, still according to data from Só Científica.
The amazing discovery of an original example of an ancient Egyptian dressing in this context is invaluable for us to better understand the practices used by that population to fight infection.
“It is very likely that they applied certain herbs or ointments to treat the inflammation in that area. If the bandage had been placed on his leg before he died, it would have been done in conjunction with this type of treatment, which was designed to fight infection. ” Albert Zinc.
The researcher, who is also the director of the Institute for Mummy Studies, an Italian entity dedicated to the analysis of embalmed remains, expressed surprise at the fact that each mummy carcass carries its own privacy. “I’ve studied, I don’t know how many mummies there are in my scientific career, but there’s always something new,” he said.
In this case, an unanswered question is whether the people responsible for drying the girl with the foot wound simply forgot to remove her bandage, or whether they “somehow tried to continue the healing process of the hereafter.” Zinc And has been passed by the Business Insider website.
After all, Egyptian civilization is known for its firm belief in the continuity of existence after death, which is even considered to be the motive behind the practice of mummification.
The next step in the research is to either “unrape” the baby’s mummy, or some less invasive method of investigation to get more information about his or her wounds.
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