Sunday, August 4, 2013
NEWS: Egyptian Mummy' in German boy's attic
Experts were investigating whether the "mummy", which was inside a sarcophagus complete with death mask, canopic jar – used by ancient Egyptians to store removed organs – and other artefacts was a genuine, ancient Egyptian relic, a replica or something entirely different.
The ten-year-old, Alexander, made the mystery discovery while searching around his grandmother's flat in Diepholz, northern Germany.
Alexander's father, Lutz Wolfgang Kettler, a dentist, recalled that his own father had acquired a chest while travelling in north Africa in the 1950s and had it shipped back to Germany. The senior Mr Kettler had apparently never spoken about the chest or its contents.
"Mummy unwrapping parties" were popular among certain elements of German high society in the 1950s, he said.
Mr Kettler told Bild newspaper that the discovery was "a mystery", but stated that he thought the "mummy" would prove to be a replica.
Source : the telegraph