|17 Oct 2001 @ 11:38, by sindy|
schoolboy has beaten museum experts by deciphering ancient Egyptian writing.
A schoolboy has beaten museum experts by deciphering ancient Egyptian writing.
The figures on the case of a 2,600-year-old mummy had confounded historians at Sheffield Museum for 100 years.
But 17-year-old Adam Cadwell worked out the name said Djedma 'atiuesankh while on work experience at the museum.
The girl headed a wealthy household in Thebes in the 26th Dynasty.
X-rays and scanning equipment had already shown the body was of a 14-year-old, but little else was known until amateur Egyptologist Adam began work.
He spent months deciphering the hieroglyphics covering the case, reports the Daily Express.
A-level student Adam, who named his pet dog after an Egyptian king, said: "It was a long job because the coffin is covered from head to foot with inscriptions, but I managed to translate most of the text."
Gill Woolrich, the museum's curator of archeology, said: "Nobody here could ever read the hieroglyphics - then Adam turned up. He had taught himself to read the inscriptions so we let him take over. He's really enthusiastic and has done a wonderful job.
"We hope lots of visitors will come to see the mummy now that her past has been revealed."