Two Vatican Mummies Declared Fake
They’re fake! That’s what archaeologists are saying about two mummies that have long been part of Vatican’s collection of antiquities.
The small mummies, each about two feet long, had been thought to contain the bodies of children or small animals that dated back to ancient Egypt.
But when Vatican researchers analyzed the mummies using 3D CT scans, X-rays, DNA tests, and infrared and ultraviolet light, they found that the mummies actually contained a hodgepodge of adult human bones from the Middle Ages, along with a single nail dating back to the 19th Century, Catholic News Service reported.
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The tests also revealed that the yellowish resin painted on the cartonnage (plastered layers of papyrus or linen that make up the mummy’s case) dates back to mid-19th century Europe, The Telegraph reported.
The bandages are the only part of the mummies that actually date back to ancient Egypt.