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Episode 2: Mystery of the Painted Mummy

Summary

Ancient Egyptian mummy portraits have long been objects of curiosity, though only a minimal amount of scholarship exists about them. Many questions have lingered since they were uncovered by archeologists around the Egyptian city of Fayum in the late 1800s, such as who painted them, what pigments and substrates they used, and where these materials were procured. This episode focuses on a mysterious 2,600-year-old coffin with a remarkable secret.

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