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But when Vatican researchers analyzed the mummies using 3D CT scans, X-rays, DNA tests, and infrared and ultraviolet light, they found that the mummies actually contained a hodgepodge of adult human bones from the Middle Ages, along with a single nail dating back to the 19th Century, Catholic News Service reported.
The tests also revealed that the yellowish resin painted on the cartonnage (plastered layers of papyrus or linen that make up the mummy's case) dates back to mid-19th century Europe, The Telegraph reported.
The bandages are the only part of the mummies that actually date back to ancient Egypt.
originally posted by: shaneslaughta
off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift
Furthermore the limestone quarries were for the fascad of the pyramid. There was different stone used for different parts and different monuments.
95% of every pyramid at giza is limestone - facade and core. In the Great Pyramid, a small amount of granite was used to line some corridors and rooms, along with several quite large pieces making up the ceilings of the King's Chamber and Queens"s Chamber (so-called.) ALL of the rest is limestone and mortar. ALL of it. EVERY single bit of it.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
The market was huge back then (probably still is) for religious reliquaries and holy relics, and the demand for such was met by every imaginable huckster and shyster around. I can imagine that is the truth were ever known, most of the bone fragments held by churches in Europe are middle-age fakes, bought be duped or witless religious officials, or worse by those complicit in the business. At least here the Vatican is making public the negative outcome of their study.
In addition, Egyptian artifacts became all the rage after Napoleon's expeditions in the 19th century and then again after the Carter discovery in the 20th. Each time saw a massive increase in forgeries and faked artifacts to meet demand for such things by collectors.