Who found the first mummy? Who was the mummy?
Kristen, 9, Vestal, New York
Dr. dig responds:
Mummies have always been known. The medieval doctors of Alexandria in Egypt
prescribed powdered mummy as a kind of wonder drug (yes, really), and mummies
were dug up and made into medicine until the 18th century! Mummies were also
used to make brown wrapping paper and brown paint. The earliest public
unwrapping (or unrolling) of a mummy was conducted in Cairo in 1698. In
1718, Christian Herzog unrolled a mummy, published his finds, and then had
the mummy ground up to sell as medicine!