Fri. Nov 26th, 2021
 
Egytian Mummy CT Scan

Egyptian mummy put through CT scan in Italy

The advancement of technology has impacted not only the scientific fields but also contributed towards the course of discovering facts of history. Through the knowledge of scientific disciplines, archaeologists today have a plethora of technical devices to gain new insights into the ancient world. Recently, the lavish history of ancient Egypt met modern technology when An Egyptian mummy was put through CT scan in Italy. It’s a part of a research project which aims to discover the unknown secrets of Egyptian mummies.

Egyptian mummy put through CT scan in Italy

Egytian Mummy CT Scan
Egytian Mummy CT Scan

 

The mummy under study is of the Egyptian priest Ankekhonsu. Bergamo’s Civic Archaeological Museum transferred it to Milan’s Policlinico hospital, Italy. Through this study, the scientists intend to shed light on his life and the customs of burial in ancient Egypt 3000 years ago.

The director of the Mummy Project Research, Sabina Malgora said “The mummies are practically a biological museum, they are like a time capsule.”

 

The CT scan would sort of act like a virtual autopsy, which would enable the researchers to reconstruct the life and death of the priest. It would also help them to determine the sex of the mummy by studying the pelvis and other parts of the body. The chemical and physical analysis would also be conducted to understand what kind of products were used to mummify the body. The technique of radiocarbon dating would determine the timeline of the mummy’s life. This research would pave the way in studying ancient diseases and wounds, which is very important in medical research. Through this method, scientists can study cancer or the arteriosclerosis of the past, which can prove to be fundamental in modern medicine.

 

Malgora also said that the information on the mummy’s name comes from the sarcophagus dated between 900 and 800 BC, where Ankhekhonsu – which means ‘the god Khonsu is alive’ – is written five times.

 

The egyptologists earlier were more interested in archaeological items such as jewellery, papyrus, inscriptions etc. But with the use of modern technology, the insight into the life of Ancient Egyptians would be more detailed.

Subhangee Guha

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