August 8, 2013

Mummy, there's a mummy in grandma's attic"

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 attic.  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.

 Mummy In The Attic

As well as the 'mummy', the box also contained a death mask and a canopic jar used by ancient Egyptians to store removed organs.

Mr Ketller believes that the sarcophagus and jar are fake but says that there is every chance that the mummy itself is real.  He said: 'You just don't get the feeling that's something you could buy at a shop around the corner.'

Mr Kettler's father travelled to north Africa in the 1950s and had a mysterious chest shipped back to Germany.
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