A few feet away lay the sarcophagus that had housed the mummy.
"We are really excited that a much more complex story is emerging about this mummy.
It was less glamorous than our other mummy [an Egyptian woman mummified around 664-525 BC] and perhaps has not got the attention it deserves but there is a complex story to tell about it." After several false leads, details of the mummy's identity began to emerge mid-this year.
The bones show signs of calluses, fractures and healed fractures.
"You could say he had been through the wringer." Around the time of death, he appears to have sustained injuries to the right side of his cheek and jaw, his right arm and the right side of his torso.
The UTS team dubbed their man – for by now they had verified his gender – Muharib, an Arabic name meaning warrior.
"Muscle markings on the skeleton show he was quite well-built, muscular and stocky, and about 170cm tall," says Dr Sutisno.
It was a perfect March morning the day Meiya Sutisno and her team of researchers began examining the body.
Sydney's sun was still strong enough to heat up the pavement on William Street but down in the bowels of the Australian Museum the atmosphere was very different.
But working on an ancient Egyptian corpse was something very different, says Dr Sutisno.