The mummy in Torquay Museum had lain there for years is relatively uninteresting - until a visiting academic said, 'That's older than you think it is.'
Speaking to Mail Online today, museum curator Barry Chandler said, 'Dr Aidan Dodson, from Bristol University, looked at the design and realised it must have come from the Egyptian 'golden age - the time of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.'
博物馆馆长Barry Chandler对每日邮报说：“来自布里斯托大学的Aidan Dodson博士在看到这具木乃伊的设计后，意识到它一定来自埃及的‘鼎盛时期’，也就是阿肯纳顿和图坦卡门时期。”
Not only that, the sarcophagus indicated it was made for a child of a high status, possibly even royal. It's among the most valuable such finds in Britain.
Chandler says, 'Doctor Dodson looked at details - the inlaid eyes, the detailed, realistic knees, and realised the coffin was much, much older than previously thought. We now realise that it was 1,000 years older - and very high status, perhaps made for a vizier, or even for royalty.'
Dr Aidan Dodson, from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University, examined the artefact and found it dated back to the reign of Thutmose III - the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, 3,500 years ago.
Chandler said: “It’s an extraordinary discovery and means that the coffin is now the most spectacular exhibit in our entire collection. Cut from a cedar wood, it is exquisitely carved, inlaid and painted. For a child to have been given something like that, he must have had very important parents - perhaps even the king and queen.”
“Unfortunately, the part of the inscription which had named the boy and his parents is so badly damaged that we cannot be certain.”