Wednesday, 2 November 2011

University in talks with Egypt over future of ancient mummy

University College Cork in Ireland has been in talks with the Egyptian embassy regarding the conservation of an ancient mummy found at the university during reconstruction work in 1970.

The Great Egyptian Museum at Giza, designed by Dublin architects Heneghan Peng, is scheduled to open in 2013. It will house some 50,000 Egyptian artefacts, including some whose return is being sought from European countries.

The mummy located at the university in Cork, which has been dated to the period 305-30BC, was found hidden under the floorboards in the pathology department at UCC during reconstruction work in 1970 but mystery surrounds how the mummy and a coffin came to the Cork university

UCC curator Michael Holland told The Irish Times the university had been in contact with officials from the Egyptian embassy in Dublin.

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