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An unwrapped royal mummy believed to be the body of pharaoh Ramses I. (Atlanta).

* An unwrapped royal mummy believed to be the body of pharaoh Ramses I, the founder of the famous line that included Seti I and Ramses II ("the Great"), will be returned to Egypt. Acquired three years ago by the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University from the Niagara Falls Museum in Canada, along with a large collection of ancient Egyptian art and artifacts, the mummy's identity was determined by CT-scanning by the Radiology Department at Emory University Hospital. The research revealed elaborate mummification techniques, including copious amounts of resin in the skull, a practice usually lavished only on royal mummies, the museum said. The event was comparable to "finding George Washington's body abroad," said Dr. Peter Lacovara, curator of Ancient Egyptian Art at the Carlos. The mummy arrived at the Carlos fully unclothed, an unusual circumstance suspected to have been the work of tomb-looters. The object will remain at the Carlos to be the centerpiece of an exhibit from May to September 2003 entitled "Ramses I: Science and the Search for the Lost Pharaoh," after which it will return to Egypt.

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Date:Oct 1, 2002
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