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WHA_278JN

Painted wooden coffin and mummy of Djedhor. Ptolemaic Period, about 250 BC from Akhmim. The outer wrapping of this mummy have been carefully coated with a black substance, which had been identified chemically as asphalt from the Dead Sea. This supports the statements of Classical historians such as Diodorus Sculus and Strabo (1st century AD), that Dead Sea asphalt was exported to Egypt for use in Mummification.

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Painted wooden coffin and mummy of Djedhor. Ptolemaic Period, about 250 BC from Akhmim. The outer wrapping of this mummy have been carefully coated with a black substance, which had been identified chemically as asphalt from the Dead Sea. This supports the statements of Classical historians such as Diodorus Sculus and Strabo (1st century AD), that Dead Sea asphalt was exported to Egypt for use in Mummification.