INTRODUCTION: Archaeologists and Egyptology specialists in Bristol have begun the delicate task of dissecting an Egyptian mummy, believed to be 3,000 years old.
CU Paintings on side of Sarcophagus
CU Lid of sarcophagus
SV Doctors lifting wraps from mummy (4 shots)
SV Mr. Thomas speaking
CU Piece of cloth
SV Doctors dissecting mummy (5 shots)
SV Doctors working on mummy
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6: THOMAS: "I think we are looking at world record. We think this is probably the longest piece of ancient cloth that has ever found. It's about five and a half metres long. It's bandage of linen that has just been removed from the mummy we're unwrapping. And to get a piece of material this length, 3,000 years old -- well it's a professional job. This is factory-made by people who knew precisely how to handle enormous lengths of thread."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Archaeologists and Egyptology specialists in Bristol have begun the delicate task of dissecting an Egyptian mummy, believed to be 3,000 years old. the mummy, discovered in 1906 during the excavation of the Eleventh Dynasty at Deir El-Bahri, has been in the Bristol City Museum for almost 80 years, but recently it had started to deteriorate. Although it is Museum policy to preserve the findings of excavations as intact as possible, in this cast it was decided more could be learnt by dismantling the mummy rather than allowing the deterioration to continue.
SYNOPSIS: The hieroglyphics on the sarcophagus reveal that it was built by HI-Ram-Ken-Esi, who was a professional tomb-builder and a priest of Amun. His name is already knows to archaeologist as it has been recorded in graffiti found in a village in the Valley of the Kings. The delicate operating began with the careful unravelling of the shroud. The Director of Bristol Museum, Mr. Michael thomas, exhibited the longest piece of shroud salvaged by the experts.
Dr. Norman Brown is leading the team of specialist dissecting the mummy. All the internal organs have been removed and the cavities filled with mud. Although termites have had a field day eating away the flesh, the doctors are still hoping to determine the sex, age, stature, race and cause of death of the mummy. The hard and soft tissue will be submitted to microscopic investigation which will take some months to complete.