So they are DNA testing some of the Egyptian mummies.

Egypt Mummies Moved for DNA Tests; Pharaoh Among Them?Andrew Bossone in Cairo
for National Geographic News

June 6, 2008
Three mummies have been moved from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to begin extensive studies of their origins, Egyptian authorities recently announced.

Two female mummies found in a tomb known as KV21 and one male mummy found outside the tomb of Pharaoh Seti II, who ruled Egypt from 1200 to 1194 B.C., will undergo CAT scans and DNA analysis.

Finally. I’d love to see a decent break down of their DNA types. My insider at the British museum told me they hadn’t had any luck the few times they’d tried sampling theirs, and that the samples were too fragile to start wrenching around to get at their teeth.

Apparently the mummy ‘Ginger’ is in a stable condition now, his head isn’t peeling anymore, which is nice. I still can get hold of the results of the tests the Egyptians ran on the others.

5 responses to “So they are DNA testing some of the Egyptian mummies.

  1. Dear Mathilda,

    Any developments on this research? I’d love to know!

    T

    • Hi theresa..

      The only DNA I can dig up is from Dakleh oasis in the SW Egyptian desert, about 2,000 years old. Most of the DNA from that era was Euurasian in origin, but there’s no detail as to type.

  2. “The only DNA I can dig up is from Dakleh oasis in the SW Egyptian desert, about 2,000 years old. Most of the DNA from that era was Euurasian in origin, but there’s no detail as to type.”

    Can you please substantiate this claim?

    • Can you please substantiate this claim?

      Yep, search the blog. The Eurasian DNA is down as ‘Northern’, and the study mentions there’s a lot more ‘Southern’ haplotypes in the modern populaiton.

  3. I’d appreciate quantification of this remark as well.

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