A mummy of an Egyptian woman dating back to 700 A.D. has been scanned and stripped to reveal a tattoo on her
thigh that displays the name of the biblical archangel Michael
The discovery, announced by researchers at the British Museum
over the weekend, was made during a research project that used advanced medical scans, including Computed Tomography (CT) images, to examine Egyptian mummies at a number of hospitals in the United Kingdom last year.
The woman's body was wrapped in a woolen and linen cloth before burial, and her
remains were mummified in the desert heat.
As deciphered by curators, the tattoo on her
thigh, written in ancient Greek, reads ???a??, transliterated as M-I-X-A-H-A, or Michael
"Placing the name on the inner thigh, as with this mummy, may have had some meaning for the hopes of childbirth or protection against sexual violation, as in 'This body is claimed and protected.' Michael
is an obvious identity for a tattoo, as this is the most powerful of angels."
Villanova University biology professor Michael Zimmerman, who also has used advanced technologies to study Egyptian mummies, said this kind of find has been sought for years.
"I did participate in an expedition to the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt's western desert several years ago," he
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