On the Potential of THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy to Identify Typical Ancient Egyptian Embalming Materials

  • E. StüblingEmail author
  • L. Öhrström
  • P. Eppenberger
  • M. Habicht
  • F. Rühli
  • M. Koch


We investigated the dielectric properties of typical embalming materials used in ancient Egypt in the THz frequency range. In addition, we evaluated the potential to identify these materials based on a principal component analysis of the spectroscopic data. Based on this, we estimated the composition of two unknown ancient bandages of mummified bodies.


THz spectroscopy Identification potential Principal component analysis Embalming materials THz database 


Funding Information

We acknowledge funding through projects DFG KO 1520/12-1 and SNF 161763.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Stübling
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. Öhrström
    • 2
  • P. Eppenberger
    • 2
  • M. Habicht
    • 2
  • F. Rühli
    • 2
  • M. Koch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Material Sciences CenterPhilipps-Universität MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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