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The Strange Case of the Ankhpakhered Mummy: Results of AMS 14C Dating

Gianluca Quarta, S Malgora, M D'Elia, V Gaballo, E Braione, L Maruccio, C Corvaglia, L Calcagnile


The ancient Egyptian mummy discovered in the wooden coffin of Ankhpakhered, priest of the god Min, has been studied at CEDAD (Centre for Dating and Diagnostics) at the University of Salento, Italy. The CT scan, performed by the multidisciplinary team of the Mummy Project of Milan, highlighted unusual features of the mummy, suggesting a reuse of the sarcophagus. Furthermore, specimens were taken via endoscopy for accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses, which have been carried out at CEDAD.

DOI: 10.2458/azu_js_rc.55.16404


AMS, Radiocarbon dating, Egyptian Mummy

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