New research suggests that mummification may have been a prehistoric phenomenon in Egypt.
Historians have traditionally believed that mummification was a product of the Old Kingdom of Egypt (2200 BC) and that all desiccated bodies of prehistory resulted from exposure to the region's arid desert environment. Yet, a York, Macquarie and Oxford team have identified a complex embalming compound on the wrappings of some early Egyptian corpses. If authentic, this could place the tradition of mummification as far back as 3100 B.C.
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