The “boy finds mummy in attic” case out of Germany has us thinking twice about those summer trips to grandma’s house.
According to the BBC, 10-year-old Alexander Kettler in Diepholz, northern Germany, recently found a mummy hidden in the corner of his grandmother’s attic.
The find was located with an Egyptian sarcophagus that featured hieroglyphic writing. It had been tucked inside a wooden crate, undisturbed for more than four decades.
While it’s still unclear whether young Kettler’s discovery is the real deal, his dentist father, Lutz Wolfgang Kettler, is pretty certain the mummy comes from the ancient Egyptians themselves and has plans to have it submitted for further testing.
The elder Kettler said his deceased father traveled to North Africa in the 1950s — a place and time where the mummy trade was still popular. He noted in comments reported by the BBC that “mummy unwrapping parties” were not uncommon in those days, so it’s entirely possible his father made it home to Germany with a bandaged corpse in tow.
If the “boy finds mummy” case does prove to be the real deal, the next question of identity will be one for Egyptologists to sort out.
The elder Kettler plans to drive the discovery to Berlin for testing.
Here’s a pic from the Kettler’s via the website:
Mummies have been popping up in the news a lot lately. We here at The Inquisitr have reported on several since the first of the year.
In June, a Boston hospital gave a 2,500-year-old mummy a rare (and probably much-needed) cleaning. The mummy, Padihershef, had been on display at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1823.
Also last month, we told you about Otzi the Iceman, Europe’s oldest mummy, who at more than 5,000 years old, was discovered to have some incredibly bad hygiene.
(Perhaps the elder Kettler could have helped him out with that.)
If the “boy finds mummy in attic” story holds up, do you think the family should be allowed to keep it?