Identification of Egyptian mummies suspect

Publié le par hort

Archaeologist: All royal mummies are suspect
 All of Egypt's royal mummies will undergo an identity check
Recent CT scan found one mummy was wrongly identified as King Tuthmosis I

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- All of Egypt's royal mummies will get identity checks after scientists found one was wrongly identified as a pharaoh, Egypt's chief archaeologist said. Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said on Thursday he would use computed tomography, or CT, scanning and DNA to test more than 40 royal mummies at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
 
In June, the mummy long thought to have been King Tuthmosis I was found to be a young man who died from an arrow wound, Hawass said. History showed Tuthmosis I died in his 60s. "I am now questioning all the mummies," he told Reuters in an interview. "We have to check them all again. "The new technology now will reconfirm or identify anything for us." The Egyptian Museum has had CT scanning equipment for just two years and its first DNA laboratory was installed in April. The CT scan allows the mummies to be virtually "unwrapped" without damaging them. Teenage Pharaoh Tutankhamun was one of the first mummies to be examined with the technology in 2005.
 
Hawass said only the identity of the mummy of Tutankhamun was certain because he was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 still in a sealed coffin in his tomb. Many royal mummies were taken from their tombs and hidden elsewhere -- sometimes in other tombs or in temples -- to protect them from desecration and looting hundreds of years after their deaths.
 
In late June, Hawass said the ancient mummy of Tuthmosis I's daughter, Queen Hatshepsut, had been identified and it was found she had been a fat woman in her 50s, with diabetes and rotten teeth, who died of bone cancer. Her DNA had also been matched to Ahmose Nefertari, who Hawass described as Hatshepsut's grandmother.
 
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"We still have many questions that we have to answer," Hawass said.
 

"EATING MUMMY"

Excerpt from Race and History.com By Pro. Manu Ampim

In the tombs, not only have the faces of many wall images been altered or destroyed, but the crimes against African mummies are almost beyond description. There is a tradition dating back to at least 1000 A.D. in which Arabs and later Europeans engaged in the practice of "eating mummy." This practice was widespread in Egypt and Western Europe and it consisted of countless ancient African mummies being burned, ground up and made into a kind of powder in order to be eaten. This incredible act of cannibalism was considered an effective medical practice and folk remedy. The belief became widely prevalent that cures could be obtained by eating ground-up preserved bodies. "Eating mummy" was considered effective in treating contusions, coughs, epilepsy, migraines, ulcers, cases of poison, and as a general panacea.

Mummies or fragments of mummies were taken from their tombs and sent to Cairo and Alexandria, where merchants sent the ground-up parts all over Western Europe. In the European Middle Ages and Renaissance mummy trafficking was widespread. Egyptian mummies were so sought after that the chaplain to Queen Catherine Medici of France made a special trip to Egypt in 1549 and, together with some physicians from Italy, broke into a number of tombs around Sakkara in a quest for mummies to use in various medicines. Catherine's father-in-law, King Francis I of France, also carried ground-up mummy in a pouch around his waist at all times in case of an emergency.

The mummy madness was such that if a genuine ancient Egyptian mummy were not available, local Arabs would use the corpses of executed criminals or those who had died from disease. They used these modern substitutes to meet the high demand for mummy powder, despite the protest against this barbaric practice by some physicians, among them the French surgeon Ambroise Pare', who stated, "It causes great pain in their stomachs, gives them evil smelling breath and brings about serious vomiting."

"Eating mummy" had a long and respectable tradition as a medicinal remedy. This uncivilized European and Arab tradition of eating mummified human flesh was part of a flourishing trade and thus did not die out until last century. It is impossible to calculate the many thousands of African mummies that ended up in the stomachs of Europeans and Arabs.
 
Straight talk from Hort

This is the first honest statement I have read about the mummies in a long while. i.e. the identification of the royal mummies  is to be taken with a pinch of salt.. In reality, it’s impossible to know who is of royal blood or not since there have been so many robberies and so much desecration of the tombs for centuries. When we add to that  the thriving “mummy trade” during the 18th century when hundreds of Egyptian mummies were ground up into powder and sent to Europe to be used as medicine for Europeans, no wonder it’s impossible to correctly identify the pharaohs.
 
We all know that if the Egyptian civilization had been indigenous to Europe, the pharaohs would never have been scanned, tested and displayed in museums all over the world. African people can’t dare descecrate the graves of Clovis, Queen Victoria or any other European royal but they can desecrate our ancestors at will because we are a conquered people. The Egyptians built their tombs deep down into the ground (  some tombs are 60 steps down ) and had them sealed for eternity. They didn’t know that centuries later they would be dug up, paraded all over the planet and tested in every possible way in order to find out if they were really black.
 
 If we accept that the cradle of mankind is in Africa, why is it so difficult to admit that mathematics, astronomy; religion, medicine and the first civilization is of African origin? Why do others spend so much time trying to convince us that all these things were invented by everybody else other than Africans? I can never forget what my archaeology professor at university said in class one day. He said, "They have found the prehistoric remains of a woman by the name of Lucy in Ethiopia, BUT SHE IS NOT AFRICAN."  Wouldn't you call this the height of absurdity?

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