Pettigrew goes on to recount how one merchant, when asked if the persons had died of any horrible disease, said that “he cared not whence they came, whether they were old or young, male or female, or of what disease they had died, so long as he could obtain them …. when embalmed no one could tell.” Sometimes even non-human remains were used. Mummified “children” sometimes turned out to be mummified ibises, and counterfeit mummies could also include the flesh of camels.
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