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Egyptens balsameringsteknik: en kemisk analys av organiska lämningar
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with the embalming process in ancient Egypt. Samples were collected from six objects from Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm. The objects were one supposed ladle and five different contents from pottery. Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and gas- chromatography/mass spectrometry was used to characterize the components of the materials. The result was then correlated with previously made analysis of embalming materials to discover similarities. The results show complex mixtures mainly consisting of resin from Pinaceae origin, also beeswax, vegetable oil and Castor oil. Some samples show differences in the mixture, one dominated by cholesterylacetat. The results of the ladle samples is comparable to previous samples from other analysis and can therefore be confirmed as an embalming ladle.

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2013. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
archaeological science, egypt, new kingdom, FTIR, GC/MS, embalming
Keyword [sv]
laborativ arkeologi, egypten, nya riket, FTIR, GC/MS, balsamering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87213OAI: diva2:601555
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-29 Last updated: 2013-06-28Bibliographically approved

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