An oarsome addition to Museum of Wigan Life collection

Community History Manager Lynda Jackson with the paddle
Community History Manager Lynda Jackson with the paddle

A RARE tool used by Ancient Egyptians in the mummification process has been discovered in the Museum of Wigan Life collection.

And experts are even more excited because it is the largest of its kind ever found. Dr Stephen Buckley and Prof Joann Fletcher of the University of York have taken tiny samples from the collection for chemical testing.

Their latest research shows that the long wooden paddle was used by ancient Egyptian embalmers to stir and mix embalming agents.

Dr Buckley’s tests reveal traces of plant oil, conifer resin, beeswax, plant gum and balsam on the paddle - the same key ingredients found in tests on the other known paddles in Stockholm and London.

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered runs until June 2016. The exhibition is free to all.