Egyptologist finds the Nile in a Donny coffin

Joann Fletcher holds a 4,000 year old Egyptian canopic jar next to a 1,800 year old Roman female burial, mummified in gypsum plaster.
Joann Fletcher holds a 4,000 year old Egyptian canopic jar next to a 1,800 year old Roman female burial, mummified in gypsum plaster.

The exotic world of the ancient Egyptians was closer to home than Yorkshire folk might think.

A TV expert says evidence of their fascinating culture and religion can be seen in artefacts in Doncaster Council’s Roman collection.

Joann Fletcher, who has done a number of prime-time TV archaeological and historical documentaries about Ancient Egypt, visited Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery as part of her research.

The Romans conquered Egypt and several emperors adopted Egyptian customs. And Joann’s work is showing that many Egyptians, as subjects of the Roman Empire, travelled to and settled in Yorkshire.

The Egyptian influence can be seen in exhibits such as some 1,800-year-old partially mummified Roman remains discovered at Pollington, East Riding, near Doncaster.

Joann said: “Egyptians came to Yorkshire 2,000 years ago and some of their practices, such as mummification of bodies, were practised by the Romans.

While at the museum Joann also selected several objects from Doncaster Council’s Roman collections for an exhibition she is guest-curating at Experience Barnsley.

Doncaster is lending Barnsley relics for its upcoming ‘The Romans are Coming!’ exhibition.