The discovery gives scientists a rare opportunity to test for a mummy. The discovery gives scientists a rare opportunity to test for a mummy.
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The secrets of Pharaonic Egypt are revealed by a coffin that has been neglected for 150 years

The secrets of Pharaonic Egypt are revealed by a 2,500-year-old coffin because it may contain the remains of a high-profile mummy found 150 years ago, and academics from the University of Sydney mistakenly labeled it a free-standing coffin.

The mistake was accidentally discovered last year when researchers lifted the lid of the coffin and found the remains of a mummy worn out.

The discovery gives scientists a rare opportunity to test for a mummy.

Valid mummies are not normally tested for maintenance, thus reducing the chances of scientific benefit.

The hieroglyphic inscriptions show that the coffin owner is a woman called Mernith et S, and academics believe she was a high priest who lived in 600 BC.

"The hieroglyphic inscriptions indicate that Mir Neith et S was working in the Temple of Sakhmet, the goddess bearing the face of a lion," Fraser said.

"There are keys in hieroglyphics that show us how to mummify the mummy and form the coffin, how the temple of Sakhmat works."

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