A team of scientists at Northwestern University are studying an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Roman era – and they’re using a groundbreaking technique that’s never been tried before. The mummified remains belong to a five-year-old girl who died 1,800 years ago. And, among other things, the researchers want to find out how the child died.
At the time the girl was alive, Egyptians, at least those of high birth, had been mummifying their dead for centuries. However, the way they did so during the Roman imperial era, specifically from about the 1st to the 3rd century A.D., had its own particular characteristics. The most striking of those was the practice of inserting a board with a painted likeness of the deceased over their face. But as we’ve said, the broader practice far predated this.