Organic chemistry of embalming agents in Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman mummies

@article{Buckley2001OrganicCO,
  title={Organic chemistry of embalming agents in Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman mummies},
  author={Stephen A. Buckley and Richard P Evershed},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={413},
  pages={837-841}
}
Chemical treatments were an essential element of ancient Egyptian mummification. Although the inorganic salt natron is recognized as having a central role as a desiccant, without the application of organic preservatives the bodies would have decomposed in the humid environment of the tombs. The nature of the organic treatments remains obscure, because the ancient Egyptians left no written record of the process. Secondary textual evidence for mummification is provided by Herodotus, Diodorus… CONTINUE READING

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