Cartonnage Mummy Case & Skeleton of a Child with a Rare Bone

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 17 June 2016

The child suffered from a disease called osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). His skull and part of his skeleton are on the left side of the cartonnage. The remains of this infant constitute the best preserved instance of the condition from antiquity. The skull shows a characteristic deformity caused by the stress of supporting the cranial vault. The bones are light and distorted due to massive fracturing. From Speos Artemidos (Grotto of Artemis), Bani-Hasan tombs, Egypt. 22nd Dynasty, 945-716 BCE. (The British Museum, London)



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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