Scientists in Australia have found the remains of a presumably 2500-year-old mummy in a sarcophagus that has been stored for 150 years at the Nicholson Museum of the University of Sydney and which had been classified as empty, as reported by researchers. Now, for the first time since its discovery, the scientists discovered the so-called ‘invisible mummy’ inside the sarcophagus.
The leader of the investigation, Jamie Fraser, has indicated that for the moment it is unknown to whom the remains belong. The hieroglyphics of the sarcophagus indicate that it was built for a priestess named Mer-Neith-it-es, although it is not a definitive proof.
The ‘invisible mummy’ was quite damaged but scientists identified several parts of the mummified body
Dr. Fraser has indicated that the remains found are quite damaged. “A grave robber probably found it and tried to find jewelry and amulets,” the researcher said.
A professor of radiology, John Magnussen, has stated that the remains belong to an adult person and has also stated that, despite the damages the remnants present, the mummified part of the body can be determined with certainty.
Thus, it has been revealed that the scannings pointed out to a foot, ankles, and toes, which are almost intact.
The Egyptologist Connie Lord has expressed her hopes that the nails of the mummy will be found, underlining that “the toenails are fantastic to achieve an accurate radiocarbon dating”.
The sarcophagus will be exhibited in a new area of the museum
“He [the mummy] could tell us a lot, it’s an incredible find, I do not remember something like that,” Connie Lord said.
The Mer-Neith-it-es sarcophagus, together with the other three property of the Nicholson Museum of the University of Sydney, will be exhibited in a new place together with updated explanations about the study carried out to depict the exact age of the so-called ‘invisible mummy’.