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The Strange Case of the Ankhpakhered Mummy: Results of AMS 14C Dating

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 February 2016

G Quarta*
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
S Malgora
Affiliation:
Curator Egyptian Section of Buonconsiglio Castle, Trento, and co-director Mummy Project, Milan, Italy
M D'Elia
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
V Gaballo
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
E Braione
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
L Maruccio
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
C Corvaglia
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
L Calcagnile
Affiliation:
CEDAD-Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, via per Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy
*
2Corresponding author: Email: gianluca.quarta@unisalento.it.

Abstract

The ancient Egyptian mummy discovered in the wooden coffin of Ankhpakhered, priest of the god Min, has been studied at CEDAD (Centre for Dating and Diagnostics) at the University of Salento, Italy. The CT scan, performed by the multidisciplinary team of the Mummy Project of Milan, highlighted unusual features of the mummy, suggesting a reuse of the sarcophagus. Furthermore, specimens were taken via endoscopy for accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses, which have been carried out at CEDAD.

Type
Archaeology of Eurasia and Africa
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona 

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