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Coffins from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.


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These mummy cases show that several different techniques for construction existed at the same time. The majority are hollow shells built using a variety of materials from mud, linen, plaster; including discarded documents that sometimes still have traces of writing on them. This was common in this period. The plaster was applied to the outside and sometimes inside. The coffin of the small girl is different it is made of wood with sculptured and painted detail. Picture taken at the British Museum January 2007.

28th Jan 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, History, Religious Education, Science

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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