Egyptian mummy scare in the UK

A worried member of the public thought there was a real ancient Egyptian mummy being displayed at the antiques market. (Reuters)

A worried member of the public believed there was a real ancient Egyptian mummy being exhibited at Cornwall’s Par antique Market on Monday, according to ThisisCornwall.

The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Cornwall, received an anxious call regarding the replica mummy on display.

This is Cornwall reported that David Perrelet from Antiques Fairs Cornwall said that “a confused member of the public, who had visited Egypt and Cairo Museum was so convinced by the quality of the artifact that she alerted the Truro Museum. So good is this replica that it is difficult to tell it from the real thing.”

“She was absolutely convinced that the Mummy was real, as she had seen genuine ones in Egypt. That alarmed Staff from the Truro Museum who contacted both Cornish Market World and AFC fairs enquiring about it,” he added.

Perrelet said the museum told him that “since the Egyptians used bat dropping to deter tomb robbers, there is a real danger of Anthrax being spread if a Mummy is not displayed in the right conditions.”

Perrelet later confirmed to the museum staff that the mummy was only a replica of a High Priestess which had been discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and was the fourth replica Mummy sold so far at Par Market’s, Antiques Alley.

The Par Market is infamous for carrying a variety of weird and wonderful antiques such as coffins, prison cell doors, a 1940’s hospital operating table and Egyptian mummies that are auctioned off to buyers.

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