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    THE "GIRL OF GROTTAROSSA", THE EMBALMED BODY OF A GIRL FOUND A WEEK AGO NORTH OF ROME, WAS PUT ON SHOW FOR THE PRESS IN THE ITALIAN CAPITAL TODAY, (WEDNESDAY).

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    FILM SHOWS THE MUMMY BEING DISPLAYED FOR THE PRESS IN THE LECTURE HALL OF ROME'S INSTITUTE OF LEGAL MEDICINE. UNDER A BAR OF FLASHLIGHTS, PROFESSOR CESARE GERIN, HEAD OF THE INSTITUTE, UNCOVERED THE FRAIL BUT WELL PRESERVED BODY.




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    Background: THE "GIRL OF GROTTAROSSA", THE EMBALMED BODY OF A GIRL FOUND A WEEK AGO NORTH OF ROME, WAS PUT ON SHOW FOR THE PRESS IN THE ITALIAN CAPITAL TODAY, (WEDNESDAY). THE CHILD, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, WAS ABOUT 8 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE DIED ABOUT 18 HUNDRED YEARS AGO.

    THE MUMMY WAS FOUND QUITE BY CHANCE AT GROTTAROSSA, (RED CAVE), WHEN A BULLDOZER HIT A WHITE MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS ON A BUILDING SITE. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, ARCHAEOLOGISTS CALLED TO THE SPOT, IDENTIFIED THE STONE COFFIN AS ONE CARVED IN THE SECOND CENTURY AFTER CHRIST. THEY WERE, HOWEVER, QUITE SURPRISED TO DISCOVER THE MUMMIFIED FIGURE INSIDE.

    FOR THE PAST WEEK, EXPERTS OF THE INSTITUTE OF LEGAL MEDICINE HAVE BEEN CARRYING OUT TESTS ON THE MUMMY. EXAMINATIONS AND X-RAY STUDIES HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO SHOW THE CAUSE OF DEATH, BUT THEY HAVE REVEALED THAT THE GIRL SUFFERED FROM RICKETS.

    COMMENTING ON THE FINE STATE OF PRESERVATION, PROFESSOR GERIN CALLED IT AN "EXCEPTIONAL FIND". EMBALMING IN ROME, ALTHOUGH NOT UNKNOWN IN IMPERIAL TIMES, WAS RARE. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE GIRL, THE DAUGHTER OF PROMINENT OR WEALTHY PARENTS, IN ROME'S FOREIGN SERVICE, MAY HAVE BEEN MUMMIFIED IN EITHER SYRIA OR EGYPT BEFORE BEING BROUGHT BACK TO ROME FOR BURIAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA45E1TEABP7D4J67LV6YCGOGXF
    Media URN:
    VLVA45E1TEABP7D4J67LV6YCGOGXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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