Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Spellbinding secrets of Ancient Eqyptian Book of the Dead

Experts from the British Museum have discovered the secret of the fragile bundle: it is a rare, ancient Egyptian burial shroud, at least 3,000 years old and covered with black and red hieroglyphic writing – spells 
from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Studies have even established the name of the woman around whose mummified remains it would once have been wrapped.

The bundle was given to Norwich Castle Museum in the 1920s by the daughters of Jeremiah James Colman, of the mustard-making dynasty, who had obtained it during a visit to Egypt in 1897.

Read more: Norwich Evening News

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