Egyptian mummy cold case closed: 'Takabuti' was stabbed to death

Jan 27, 2020
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First unwrapped (contaminated),1835. Considering 80+% dust is shed human skin cells. It's highly likely contaminated with almost two centuries of "euro-dust" contact.
 
Dec 4, 2019
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First unwrapped (contaminated),1835. Considering 80+% dust is shed human skin cells. It's highly likely contaminated with almost two centuries of "euro-dust" contact.
Researchers who analyze DNA samples presumably know what they do for a living, so let's give them the benefit of doubt before making snarky comments. Making sure that the sample site is uncontaminated is the first rule of DNA analysis in forensics, and I am sure the researchers applied it here as well. In a specimen as old as this, most of the DNA would already be broken down, and the only places where it could still be preserved would be hair follicles and bone tissue. Both these sample locations are extremely unlikely to be contaminated (unless by intention).
 
Feb 2, 2020
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The manner of her death fits in well with the history of the time. During the the 7th c BC Egypt was conquered by the Asssyrians who replaced the rule of the Kushite pharaohs with their own puppet. After the Nubian king Tantamani recaptured Egypt and killed him the Assyrians returned in force and defeated his army at the Delta. They then marched south and sacked Thebes no doubt slaughtering many civilians in the process. The stab wound looks very large so perhaps the 'murder weapon' was an Assyrian sword?
 
Apr 29, 2020
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First unwrapped (contaminated),1835. Considering 80+% dust is shed human skin cells. It's highly likely contaminated with almost two centuries of "euro-dust" contact.
In the last several years new methods of extracting DNA, decontaminating, and interpreting ancient DNA. Max Planck Institute. the FBI, DHS, have DNA tested Egyptian mummies and they all conclude that they had Eurasian ancestry. That's hundreds of samples they've processed from several different areas and time periods in Egypt. The oldest mummy found in Egypt has red hair and is obviously Caucasian.
Actually there have been recent DNA studies that show sub-Saharan Africans had no part in peopling North Africa, including Egypt and the Sahara Desert when it was green for the 40,000 years of its settlement. North Africa was peopled by Caucasians with Eurasian DNA.
"The interpolation analyses and complete sequencing of present mtDNA sub-Saharan lineages observed in North Africa support the genetic impact of recent trans-Saharan migrations, namely the slave trade initiated by the Arab conquest of North Africa in the seventh century. Sub-Saharan people did not leave traces in the North African maternal gene pool for the time of its settlement, some 40,000 years ago."
 

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