Mummy there's a mummy in grandma's attic! Boy discovers
'Egyptian body' inside an old wooden chest
A 10-year-old German boy has discovered what appears to
be an Egyptian mummy in a wooden chest in his grandmother's
Alexander Kettler found the 'mummy' inside a sarcophagus
in a dark corner of the attic in Diepholz, northern Germany,
after it had lain undisturbed for at least four decades.
The boy's father, Lutz Wolfgang Kettler, now intends to take
the box, covered in hieroglyphics, to Berlin so that experts
can ascertain whether it is genuine.
As well as the 'mummy', the box also contained a death mask
and a canopic jar used by ancient Egyptians to store removed
Mr Ketller believes that the sarcophagus and jar are fake
but says that there is every chance that the mummy itself is
He said that his father had never spoken about the chest or
its contents, but told local newspaper Die Kreiszeitung that
there was still a trade in genuine mummies when his father,
who died more than a decade ago, travelled.
Mr kettler added that mummy 'unwrapping parties' - where
a genuine mummy was literally unwrapped and the trinkets
found within handed out as gifts to guests - were not
uncommon in Germany at the time.
Dentist Mr Kettler said that the only way to find out if
the mummy was genuine would be to x-ray it.
The mummification process dates back to 3,500BC with the
oldest intact Egyptian mummy dating from 100 years after
The mummy, known simply as ID #32751, is currently held
by the British Museum.
It was apparently preserved by direct contact with the dry
desert sand, though it is uncertain whether the
mummification was intended.
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