A mummified body in the Swansea University Egypt Collection has finally given up it's secrets.
The permanent display in Swansea University has included a mummified body.
This is believed to date from 600BC.
The only problem has been conclusive proof to confirm the artefact's authenticity.
The University's display includes pieces from a collection that numbers over 5000 items.
Whilst an x ray examination was previously carried out by Singleton Hospital this only led to speculation that the item was a forgery.
Now a more sophisticated CT scan has been completed and this now establishes that the item is genuine.
It appears to be the remains of a baby with beads and bracelets wrapped up in side the cloth.
The speculation is that this was a tragic early death that was buried with care and compassion.
A very sad story but nevertheless a fascinating one.
3rd July 2013