Israel to display ancient mummy with modern-day afflictions
Israel's national museum is set to display a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy of a man who was afflicted with some modern-day illnesses such as osteoporosis and tooth decay, the museum said on Tuesday.
The museum said the mummy is originally from Akhmim, some 480 kilometers (300 miles) south of present-day Cairo. It was given as a gift to the Jesuit Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem in the late 1920s by Jesuits in Alexandria, Egypt. The mummy, nicknamed "Alex," was encased in a gold and black coffin and wrapped in strands of linen, a gold mask placed atop its concealed skull.
Author: Tia Goldenberg | Source: The Associated Press [July 28, 2016]