Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Research article
13 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 13 Jul 2022

Insight into the structure of black coatings of ancient Egyptian mummies by advanced electron magnetic resonance of vanadyl complexes

Charles E. Dutoit, Laurent Binet, Hervé Vezin, Océane Anduze, Agnès Lattuati-Derieux, and Didier Gourier


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on mr-2022-10', Anonymous Referee #1, 01 Jun 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Didier Gourier, 05 Jun 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on mr-2022-10', Anonymous Referee #2, 06 Jun 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Didier Gourier, 15 Jun 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Didier Gourier on behalf of the Authors (22 Jun 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (25 Jun 2022) by Geoffrey Bodenhausen
Short summary
Egyptian mummies were covered with an enigmatic black organic matter. Its chemical composition is classically determined by molecular analysis methods, which are destructive by nature. In a new analytical approach based on 1H and 14N hyperfine spectroscopy, we use V+ ions, existing at trace level in this black matter, as internal probes for a non-destructive exploration of the material. The results suggest that a common recipe was used for animal and human mummies of different ages.