Lutz Gaebel, spokesman for the public prosecutor in Verden, said Lutz Wolfgang Kettler called police after his 10-year-old son found the mummy in an old chest that belonged to his grandfather, The Local.de reported Thursday.
Kettler said the chest has been in the family's attic for decades, since his own father had it shipped home while he was traveling in North Africa in the 1950s.
"Initial forensic medical examinations suggest it could be around 2,000 years old," Gaebel said of the mummy. "It will be at least another six weeks before we are sure. But should this estimate be confirmed, it will certainly lead to the end of any investigation we conduct into the death."