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Of KV63 coffins, Tut, and Resin

 
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RobertStJames
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:14 pm    Post subject: Of KV63 coffins, Tut, and Resin Reply with quote

Anyone else notice that the new coffins were coated with resin, just like Tut was all but glued into his coffin?


Inside, cradled by cotton batting and yellowed muslin, lay the mortal remains of King Tutankhamun: a serene face with a scarred left cheek, a barrel chest, skeletal arms and legs, all blackened by resins poured on during his burial rites.

http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0506/feature1/index.html


Is soaking a mummy in resin in any way normal procedure? I hadn't heard that it was. Every description I've read of the process indicates that resin is used, yes, but not to this extent--he's absolutely covered in the stuff, just as these new coffins are covered. For the coffins, it makes sense, seeing as how they had termite damage. But what was the reason Tut got the Armor All treatment?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We assume from the mummies that we have not much resin was used on them, but the circumstances of the mummies being marched from tomb to tomb, the initial robbery, the hiding in the "caches"--all of this, ironically, helped preserve the bodies by ridding them of the resins and letting them dry out more naturally.
The buckets of ungents poured over Tutankhamen's mummy were not that unusual. Although they contained resin, which when dry will harden to almost a stone-like quality, the original purpose, at the original burial, was more to bathe the mummy in sweet-smelling ungents, not to cover it with resin.
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