January 25, 2020
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Comments for: Unwrapping the connection between Egyptian mummies and Maine papermaking

  • Anonymous

    I guess there was no respect for the dead back then.  I wonder how the ancient Egyptians could come up with so much linen so easily but there was a shortage in the rest of the world.

    • Ben Hutchins

      The shortage was happening in the 1800s; the Egyptian practice of mummification had ceased to be common practice by AD 400 or so.  One imagines the world linen market fluctuated a bit in the 1400 or so years between the two.  More to the point, the Egyptians were making mummies for a long time, since before any written records that have been found were made.  Four thousand years’ worth is a lot of linen.

  • Anonymous

     “Mummies in Nineteenth Century America, Ancient Egyptians as Artifacts””

    It was not the mummies that were in 19th century America, but the linen cloth that covered them…which makes the title of her book partly confused.

    The author of this article, who suggests the reader may have a 150 year old newspaper or dollar bill laying around the house (first sentence) provides a curious suggestion as well.

  • Ben Hutchins

    There’s a great story, probably apocryphal, about the burning of mummies as fuel in 19th-century locomotives, which has the fireman of one such locomotive shouting back to the man on the tender in disgust, “These commoners aren’t burning worth a damn – toss me up a king!

  • County Escapee

    Most of them saved all their life to get the best mummification they could get. Without a recognizable body an afterlife is impossible, so trashing them (in a sense) is a real tragedy.
    Their religious beliefs were as valid as today’s.

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