Wednesday, 14 September 2011

CT scanners crack open a mummy mystery

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC is staging an exhibition called Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt, starting 17th November. The show explores how burial customs provide insight into daily Egyptian life and culture.

The mummy pictured in the video will be on display. In the late 1950s, the Natural History Museum received the mummy from the Wistar Institute. For years, curators and researchers knew very little about the body wrapped up inside. But recent technological advancements have revealed the individual’s age and gender—a male, roughly 40 years old—as well as something else hidden within the wrapping. CT scanning has started to reveal hidden secrets.

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