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The enigma of the Red Shroud mummies
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Roman Period mummies display a wide variety of different wrapping styles, and within this number a relatively small group of so-called Red Shroud mummies can be identified. Two of these are housed in the collection of the Manchester Museum. CT characteristics of these and other Red Shroud mummies are discussed in this paper. Within this cohort, notable features include thoracic distortion and other anatomical damage resulting from embalming practices in the Roman Period. The use of boards and other forms of ‘stiffener’ within the wrappings is also a feature common to several of the mummies. Unusually, in two examples from El-Hibeh, one or more Ibis birds have been included within the wrappings.

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