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Researchers are conducting a detailed investigation to analyse Coptic mummies from 1,500 years ago found at the Egyptian necropolis of Antinoe. Tribology, the science of friction and wear is their speciality. they are trying to better understand the embalming and gold leaf application techniques by analysing the skin and hair of these mummies along with the gilding and textile traces. Perhaps also finding some leads for possible reconstructions of clothing.