Photo Gallery Mummy Found in German Attic

A 10-year-old boy in Lower Saxony was playing in his grandmother's attic when he made a startling discovery: a sarcophagus holding a mummy that had lain undiscovered for decades.
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A 10-year-old boy in Lower Saxony was playing in his grandmother's attic when he made a startling discovery: a sarcophagus holding a mummy that had lain undiscovered for decades.

Foto: Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler
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Neither his grandmother nor his father, a local dentist named Lutz Wolfgang Kettler, knew what was inside. So they hauled the dust-covered cases out of the attic, pried them open and peered inside with amazement.

Foto: Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler
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In the other cases were an earthenware Egyptian death mask and a Canopic Jar, a container in which the ancient Egyptians kept the entrails of the deceased after they had been mummified.

Foto: Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler
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As to the question of how the 1.6-meter (5.2-foot) mummy could have gotten to the small town of Diepholz, Kettler can only speculate. His father, who passed away 12 years ago, went traveling through North Africa in the 1950s, but spoke very little of his travels.

Foto: Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler
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The next step, though, is to determine the mummy's authenticity. Kettler plans to drive it up to Berlin in the coming weeks to be inspected under X-ray by an archaeologist friend.

Foto: Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler
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Though he believes that the sarcophagus and desk masks are replicas, Kettler feels pretty confident that the mummy is real: "You just don't get the feeling that's something you could buy at a shop around the corner."

Foto: Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler
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