The Persian Mummy that was a Fraud
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This paper studies the Pakistani discovery of the Persian mummy with a cuneiform-inscribed gold plaque identifying it as a 2,600-year-old Persian princess, according to one translation, a daughter of the king Xerxes. The paper then reveals how Pakistani experts concluded the mummy was a fake. The paper asserts that while the Persian princess may be a fraud, she is a reminder of the powerful emotions that can be sparked by unprecedented, or unbelievable, archaeological discoveries.
From the Paper:"Archaeological finds have fascinated and befuddled scientists for decades and any discovery is completely researched so as to gain an understanding of the past world in order to learn how things were and how they changed. Some discoveries are fraudulent while others genuine. Yet, all discoveries are investigated.
"Artifacts are not always produced where they were found. Knowing the location of the sources for the artifacts, or even knowing that a given group of artifacts was produced from the same source materials, greatly increases the artifacts' value for investigating the political, economic, and social relationships of a society in the past. This determination of origin is provenience.
"Consider the recent discovery in Pakistan of a mummy with a cuneiform-inscribed gold plaque identifying it as a 2,600-year-old Persian princess, according to one translation, a daughter of the king Xerxes. The mummy was found when a murder investigation was being carried out and had on study, Egyptian and Persian elements. It was being sold on the black market for $11 million. (History Today, 02-01-2001, pp 8.)"
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