Egyptian asphalt

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A solid, black pitch material found in the Arabian desert between the Nile River and the Red Sea. Egyptian asphalt may have been one of the resin coatings used on mummies.

See also Mummy.

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Soluble in carbon disulfide.
  • Density = 1.10 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942

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