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Questions about early man

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!


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