Unlocking the mystery of a 2,000-year-old child mummy

October 7, 2018

By Staff

In the hushed early morning hours Sunday, a team of anthropologists gingerly lifted a plain white box, roughly 3-feet long, and slid it into the back of a staffer’s SUV parked in front of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. There was nothing remarkable about the foam-core box. And that’s exactly how the museum staff planned it, so as not to catch the attention of thieves.

It held a 2,000-year-old treasure: A child mummy that had come to Philadelphia by way of Egypt.

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