GC-MS reveals ancient Egyptian embalming “recipe”
Joanna Cummings |
Analysis of textile wrappings on a 6,000-year-old intact mummy has unearthed the embalming techniques of the ancient Egyptians, giving further insight into their early funeral rituals and what one researcher described as the “first ever unequivocal scientific evidence for the use of embalming.”
The British–Italian research team analyzed the textiles using a variety of techniques, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), thermal desorption/pyrolysis (TD/Py)-GC-MS, radiocarbon dating and shotgun metagenomics.
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