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Mummy’s Collar Reassembled From Cartonnage Fragments

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

mummy-collarLUXOR, EGYPT—Fragments of an Egyptian collar discovered in a tomb in Thebes have been reassembled. Made of cartonnage, the 2,300-year-old collar was decorated with bright colors and was intended for wear after death. Many other fragments of cartonnage were recovered from the tomb, which is approximately 3,300 years old and had been reused many times. “These pieces could range from about palm-sized to dime-sized. It was like a giant jigsaw puzzle,” said Susan Redford of Penn State University. A clay seal found near the collar fragments suggest that an undertaker was among those buried in the tomb.