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MensajeTema: mummy scan   Vie Abr 11, 2014 4:54 am

Unravelled after 3,000 years, the secrets of the singing mummy: CT scans peer through the burial case and bandages to reveal life of the person hidden inside


  • [size=32]The spatula in the skull of a male mummy is thought to date back to 600BC[/size]
  • [size=32]He is one of eight mummies examined using advanced CT scanners
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  • [size=32]The remains of a female priestess from 900BC have also been scanned
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  • [size=32]The British Museum has been scanning mummies since the 1990s[/size]
  • [size=32]Mummification usually involved pulling the brain out of a nose with a hook before scooping out the remains
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By Fiona Macrae


Her body has lain undisturbed for almost 3,000 years.

Now, thanks to modern technology, the secrets of Tamut’s life are being unwrapped without upsetting her peace.

This remarkable image shows the beautifully-preserved body of a female Egyptian temple singer from 900BC.


Using a CT scanner in London hospitals, experts from the British Museum peered through the intricately decorated burial case and the multiple layers of linen bandages to the person hidden inside.

The electronic excavation showed Tamut to have received the most lavish level of mummification, with amulets and other mystical jewels buried with her.


These include artificial eyes, to allow her to see in the afterlife, thin plates of gold or another precious metal on her finger and toe nails and metal plates designed to magically heal the wounds left by the embalmer.

Some of the amulets were placed on her body – others were put inside, beside her vital organs.

Her hair was short, likely because she wore a wig, and examination of her pelvis suggests she was at least 35 when she died. The cause of death is unknown – but the scans provide a tantalising clue.

They show a large part of the femoral artery in her upper thigh to be clogged with fat, a piece of which could have broken off and triggered a heart attack or a stroke.

The hieroglyphics on her burial case tell us who she was and who her parents were. They also reveal she was a chantress of the god Amun – or a temple singer.


Tamut is one of eight mummies to be virtually unwrapped in the British Museum’s Ancient Lives, New Discoveries exhibition from May 22.

The men, women and children lived along the banks of the Nile in Egypt and Sudan between 3500BC and 700AD and their lives and deaths are now revealed in unprecedented detail.

The images come from CT scanners – which are normally used to diagnose tumours, fractures and heart disease


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2600526/CT-scan-reveals-spatula-lodged-inside-skull-2-600-year-old-mummy-used-scoop-brains.html#ixzz2yZtT0gFY
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