Never-before-seen ‘mud mummy’ from Egypt discovered in wrong coffin

The discovery of a rare “mud mummy” from ancient Egypt has surprised archaeologists, who weren’t expecting to find the deceased encased in a hardened mud shell.

The “mud carapace” is an unparalleled find; it reveals “a mortuary treatment not previously documented in the Egyptian archaeological record,” the researchers wrote in the study, published online Wednesday (Feb. 3) in the journal PLOS One

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