New tech unwraps ancient mysteries

2014-04-09 18:52
The Mummy of Tamut, a temple singer around 900 BC, is shown during a press conference at the British Museum in London. (Alastair Grant, AP)

The Mummy of Tamut, a temple singer around 900 BC, is shown during a press conference at the British Museum in London. (Alastair Grant, AP)

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London - The fascination with mummies never gets old, now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

The findings are going on display in an exhibition which sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed 3-D images of their insides.

Bio-archaeologist Daniel Antoine said on Wednesday that the goal is "for them to be presented not as mummies but as human beings, and to be respected as such".

High-resolution scanning has revealed that one mummy, a temple singer named Tamut, had hardening of the arteries, evidence of a fatty diet, and high social status.
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