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In 1896, Budge was approached by a resident of Gebelein who claimed to have found more mummies.Budge was taken to the bodies, and he immediately recognized them as from the predynastic period and the first complete pre-dynastic bodies identified.
This elderly body has decalcified bones, consistent with senile osteoporosis.All bodies were in similar flexed positions lying on their left sides with knees raised up towards their chin.In comparison, most bodies excavated from Egypt dating to the predynastic period are in a similar position, however at Merimda Beni Salama and El-Amra bodies were found on their right sides.In 1892 Jacques de Morgan, Director of Antiquities in Egypt, proved that pottery found at Abydos and Nakadah pre-dated the dynastic period, stimulating interest by many European Archaeologists. Wallis Budge, on behalf of the British Museum, procured inscribed coffins and funerary furniture from the 12th Dynasty tombs at Al-Barshah by working with the Egyptian Service of Antiquities.As each excavation was completed, local Egyptian residents would continue to search the sites for remains. Budge started purchasing predynastic finds from the locals including bowls, spear and arrow heads, carved flint and bone figures and partial human remains (described as chiefly bones without skin or flesh remaining).The teeth are worn and there are fractures in all ribs, left tibia and right thigh bone. Linen has been used to pack the thorax and abdomen.
This is a male adult body with a square-shaped opacity in the skull and healthy teeth.Some grave-goods were documented at the time of excavation as "pots and flints", however they were not passed on to the British Museum and their whereabouts remain unknown.Three of the bodies were found with coverings of different types (reed matting, palm fibre and an animal skin), which still remain with the bodies.The bodies were found in foetal positions lying on their left sides.From 1901 the first body excavated has remained on display in the British Museum.The well-preserved bodies were excavated at the end of the nineteenth century by Wallis Budge, the British Museum Keeper for Egyptology, from shallow sand graves near Gebelein (modern name Naga el-Gherira) in the Egyptian desert.