Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/14/2014 (4 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Australian researchers now think practice could have originated as far back as 4,500 year ago

The phrase, as old as a mummy has taken on new significance with a recent scientific discovery. Researchers now believe that the ancient Egyptian practice of mummification may date back 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.

Discovered in the more extravagant graves, the remains suggested that only the privileged people in this ancient society were preserved.

Discovered in the more extravagant graves, the remains suggested that only the privileged people in this ancient society were preserved.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/14/2014 (4 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Mummies, Egyptian, Australia, research


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An Australian-led study, led by Macquarie University researchers now say they have reached that theory based on studies of bodies found in ancient Egyptian graves from up to 6,000 years ago.

Previous research had suggested that mummification began about 2200 B.C. New research, however, indicates the practice was already happening between 4500 B.C. and 3350 B.C.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --


"We've found experimentation in preservation was taking place in a tribal, prehistoric society some 1,500 years before the practice was regularly accepted to have begun," Dr. Jana Jones, of Macquarie University says.

The artefacts the team studied were excavated from tombs in Badari and Mostagedda in Egypt in the 1920s and 30s. The relics had been displayed in Britain's Bolton Museum.

Jones, upon her visit to the museum and found that the samples, some dating back to 4500 B.C., had not been archaeologically analyzed in 80 years.

She had found signs of a complex, processed mixture in the funerary linen samples that included aromatic plant extract, a plant gum and a natural petroleum source. This was a resin commonly used for mummification much later on.

"There was no fundamental change in the embalming mixture used some 3,000 years later," she said.

"The differences lay in substitution of an ingredient, but it already contained the empirical science that would become true mummification."

Jones was allowed to take 92 samples back to Australia for more analysis.

Discovered in the more extravagant graves, the remains suggested that only the privileged people in this ancient society were preserved.

"They were in graves that had more offerings than others," Jones said. "Such as a child buried with a pet gazelle and a lot of jewelry. I believe they were special members of a society."

Jones said bodies were not completely mummified in these findings. "Certain parts of the body such as head or the hands were treated in this [preservation] mixture," she said.

"We're looking at a time that was 1,000 years before writing, but we're understanding they really had an understanding of the science."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Africa

Will the truth die? Fatwa launched against journalist Kamel Daoud Watch

Image of There has been a call to murder Algerian columnist and writer Kamel Daoud.

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online

Is the pen mightier than the sword? Those who wield the pen risk being felled by the sword. There has been a call to murder columnist and writer Kamel Daoud. Launched on the Internet by Abdelfattah Hamadache, the leader of an unauthorized Salafist party, the ... continue reading


Kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children believed to be dreaded Boko Haram Watch

Image of Boko Haram has cut a bloody swath throughout the oil-rich nation of Nigeria.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Although no one has yet claimed responsibility, the kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children - in addition to the ruthless slaughter of 35 other people have the bloody fingerprints of terrorist group Boko Haram all over it. The attack took place at the ... continue reading


No solutions: Dakar Peace and Security Summit declared a failure Watch

Image of Chadian President Idriss Deby said that the goal in Libya was accomplished, as the NATO's objective was to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi.

By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online

Only three heads of state attended the Dakar Peace and Security Summit. At the closing of the forum, entitled "Forum on Peace and Security in Africa" earlier this week, Chadian President Idriss Deby said that the goal in Libya was accomplished, as the NATO's ... continue reading


Haftar's forces gain control of new territory between Libya, Tunisia Watch

Image of Fajr Libya remains entrenched inside distant lands. This strategy aims at isolating the Tunisian Islamists, cutting contact between the Libyan and Tunisian Islamist militias.

By Kaci Racelman, Catholic Online

Forces loyal to the retired general Khalifa Haftar have successfully conquered Rass Jedir in the borders between Libya and Tunisia. That battle raged in the early morning hours of Monday, December 15. Fajr Libya was won, but not definitely, as the other side ... continue reading


Eleven illegal migrants from Niger die in traffic accident in Ghardaia Watch

Image of The bus was carrying illegal migrants from Niger who were in the process of being repatriated to their countries of origin, at the request of the Niger government.

By Kaci Racelman, catholic Online

Terrible luck remains a given for illegal migrants traveling in the Sahel region. After enduring much pain and hardship in their flight to a better life, a terrible fate came to 11 illegal migrants from Niger. All perished in a horrific traffic accident this past ... continue reading


Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria: STOP CHEMICAL WARFARE ON POOR WOMEN!

Image of We firmly declare that this is not democratic and is even unethical to continue the agenda of throwing commodities with known dangers and potential risks at the vulnerable peoples of the world who are often uninformed about all the issues concerned.- Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

By Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

This easy-to-administer form of an old drug by Pfizer Incorporated is being hailed by many as the magic wand to reduce poverty and emancipate poor women in over 69 countries around the world especially in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America.In the current ... continue reading


Release of French hostages reason for deep concern in North Africa - WHY? Watch

Image of The release of French hostages Serge Lazarevic, pictured, who was snatched in Mali in November of 2011 along with his fellow Frenchman Philippe Verdon, has led to a feeling of dread in many North African countries.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

It would appear that the release of any hostage held by terrorist forces would be a reason for celebration. However, the release of French hostages Serge Lazarevic, who was snatched in Mali in November of 2011 along with his fellow Frenchman Philippe Verdon, ... continue reading


Stepping up to the plate: Algeria continues to work with refugees from Niger Watch

Image of High winds and freezing weather is having its effect in hastily constructed Niger refugee camps in Algeria.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Winter arrives at an extremely inopportune time for Niger migrants taking shelter in Algeria. High winds and freezing weather is having its effect in hastily constructed refugee camps here. Many migrants lack winter clothing and shelter. Algeria is doing what ... continue reading


Islamic state extending influence throughout North Africa Watch

Image of Eastern Libya is becoming more attractive to agents affiliated with Islamist State.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Terrorists belonging to the Jund al Khilafah group are rapidly establishing bases in eastern Libya. According to local sources, they number no less than 200. It's believed that they are preparing for significant attacks in the North African region. Jund al ... continue reading


SO OTHERS MAY LIVE: Ebola survivors crucial to turning back deadly tide Watch

Image of Thousands of Ebola survivors with little to no risk of re-infection are critical to controlling the epidemic and training them has the potential to save thousands of lives and decrease the spread of the virus.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thousands of Ebola survivors with little to no risk of re-infection are critical to controlling the epidemic and training them has the potential to save thousands of lives and decrease the spread of the virus, experts said on Wednesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Judges 13:2-7, 24-25
2 There was a man of Zorah of the tribe of Dan, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17
3 Be a sheltering rock for me, always accessible; you ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 1:5-25
5 In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 19th, 2014 Image

St. Nemesius
December 19: Martyr of Egypt. He was burned alive in Alexandria, Egypt, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter