Ancient Egyptians ate a largely vegetarian diet, according to Inside Science. And they know because the mummies told them! Researchers analysed carbon atoms from 45 mummies in French museums, who covered the period from 3,500 BC to 600AD. Findings were consistent across this very long time
span and the foods which formed their staple diet were wheat, barley, fruits and vegetables, with millet and sorghum making up
about 10 per cent.
What researchers found particularly surprising was that despite their proximity to the river Nile, there is no evidence that they ate fish. The rate at which hair and teeth absorb different proteins was what provided the answers. Not so much ‘curse of the mummy’ as ‘sense of the mummy’ – but that wouldn’t make a good film title, would it?