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>> They thought this coffin was empty when it arrived at the University of Sydney 150 years ago. But more recent Australian academics have found the tattered remains of a mummy when they by chance decided to remove the coffin's lid. It's 2,500 years old, and specifically because it's not whole or intact, it's a unique opportunity for scientists looking to unlock mysteries surrounding Ancient Egypt.
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>> We can physically lay the remains out and actually handle them and start asking some quite intimate questions that those bones will hold about the pathologies, about the diet, about the disease. About the lifestyle of this person, how they lived, why they died. All those clues should be in the bones.
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>> From hieroglyphs on the coffin, experts think this is the remains of a prestigious mummy. Her name, Mer-Neith-it-es.>> Do we have the remains of Mer-Neith-it-es? We don't know, but really that's what's driving this research project. We know from the hieroglyphs that Mer-Neith-it-es worked in the temple of Sekhme.
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There's some clues in the hieroglyphs and the way the mummification's been done in the style of the coffin, that tells us about how this temple of Sekhme might have worked, what things are considered important in their cults, in their magic, in their incantations. So there'll hopefully be a whole lot of new information that we can shed on this once we've really analyzed the coffin closely.