5 to 9 of a total of 16 Egyptian mummies that had cardiac tissue showed evidence of atherosclerosis. These mummies date from 1981 BC to 334 AD.
I was shocked that the scientists continue to follow conventional wisdom:
"it should be noted that in general, the individuals who had the means to be mummified were generally of higher socioeconomic status," Miyamoto added. All of the 16 mummies whose identities could be determined were of high social status, generally serving in the court of the pharaoh or as priests or priestesses. Although the diet of any one mummy could not be determined, eating meat in the form of cattle, ducks and geese was not uncommon during these times.
So it may be that some of them in life maintained some of these lifestyle factors that we think of as linked with atherosclerosis," Miyamoto said.
But wait a second. Didn’t the Egyptians practically invent agriculture, especially that of grain? I guess that’s too far of a scientific leap.