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Unwrapping the Past: A chemical analysis of context lacking artefacts from the Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt in correlation with the process of mummication.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with the chemical identification of artefacts correlated with the process of ancient Egyptian mummification dating to the Graeco-Roman period. The samples were harvested from two artefacts belonging to the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm. The original description of the said samples defined them, as natron filled linen bags and bee product (honey?). To identify the true nature of the samples, advanced methods such as Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and powder X-ray Diffractometry were used. The results were correlated with previous made analyses regarding embalming materials to discover similarities. Furthermore, the research revealed that the previous sample identifications were false, while providing hypotheses based on the new results.

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2013. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Ancient Egypt, Roman Egypt, Ptolemaic Egypt, Mummification, Embalming, Archaeometry, GC/MS, FTIR
Keyword [sv]
Arkeologi, Laborativ Arkeologi, Forntida Egypten, Romersk Egypten, Ptolemaierna, Mumifiering, Balsamering, Arkeometri, GC/MS, FTIR
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100019OAI: diva2:690527
Available from: 2014-01-24 Created: 2014-01-23 Last updated: 2014-01-29Bibliographically approved

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