Walk like an Egyptian! (#18)

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By Alan Hamill

Who is The Somerton Man? Why was he in Adelaide? What happened on Somerton Beach? Was Charters Towers the site of the masterplan?

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Laurie Addison Elliott.

Why did the Somerton Man Undertaker choose to embalm the remains presented to him in the same manner as the Ancient Egyptians? Or was he requested to do so?

The methods of embalming, or treating the dead body, that the ancient Egyptians used is called mummification. Using special processes, the Egyptians removed all moisture from the body, leaving only a dried form that would not easily decay. It was important in their religion to preserve the dead body in as life-like a manner as possible. So successful were they that today we can view the mummified body of an Egyptian and have a good idea of what he or she looked like in life, 3,000 years ago.

So why is it taking SAPOL so long to make the DNA results public?

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There are seven steps involved in the ancient Egyptian practice of embalming.

These steps are:

  • Washing the dead body with the holy waters of the Nile River.
  • Removing the brain by smashing it and pulling it out through the nose.
  • Stuffing and covering the body with natron, a natural salt and preservative.
  • Stuffing the removed organs with natron salt and putting them into four jars.
  • Wrapping the body with linen bandages and applying resin to seal them.
  • Decorating the wrapped body with amulets and jewellery.
  • Placing the body into a coffin and performing rituals.

It’s unlikely that Laurie Elliott went to the extents listed above but was more likely to have carried out the treatment of the dead body so as to sterilise it or to protect it from decay. For practical as well as theological reasons a well-preserved body has long been a chief mortuary consideration.

The ancient Greeks, who demanded endurance of their heroes in death as in life, expected the bodies of their dead to last without artificial aid during the days of mourning that preceded the final rites.

Why did he decide it may be required to go the extra yard for this body, should the Somerton Man need to be exhumed? Or was he requested to do so?

Why did this particular body attract so much more attention when compared to the many other unidentified bodies presented each year?

Everybody associated with this Somerton Man saga seemed to have underlying suspicions they weren’t prepared to air, and not knowing what that suspicion related to.

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And, why did the Cemetery Trust place the Somerton Man in the driest plot available in case exhumation was required? Or were they requested to do so?

This was likely asked for by Laurie Elliott, given that he was reported as doing an Egyptian mummification.

Why was Councillor, Cycle and Motor Cycle Shop Owner, Scout Commissioner and significant road cycling champion Laurie Elliott nominated to be the representative of F T Elliott and Sons (Undertakers) and did all the Somerton Man duties when he took only a small part in the Funeral Home Business? Or was he requested to do so?

Laurie Elliott Councillor

Still so many questions!


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