Dead sea asphalt in egyptian mummies: Molecular evidence

@article{Rullktter2004DeadSA,
  title={Dead sea asphalt in egyptian mummies: Molecular evidence},
  author={J. Rullk{\"o}tter and A. Nissenbaum},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2004},
  volume={75},
  pages={618-621}
}
The use of asphalt in the mummification process, which was practised in the ancient Egyptian dynasties f rom at least the early Four th Dynasty (ca. 2600 B.C.) to the end of the Roman Period (4th Century A.D.) [1] has been a matter of controversy for a long time. Several of the ancient historians, such as Diodorus of Sicily and Strabo ( ls t Century A.D.) , specifically state that Dead Sea asphalt was exported to Egypt to be used for embalming [2]. Diodorus describes a major battle between… Expand
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