- New generation CT scanners that employ ‘”electronic excavations” give researchers a deeper look of what lies beyond the external wrappings and beneath the skin of various Egyptian and Sudanese mummies housed in the British Museum. This allows them to discover much more about the morphology, lifestyle , age, health, and death along the Nile more than 5,000 years ago.
- Mummies are left unwrapped lest these incredible fragile bodies be disturbed, and for ethical reasons. X rays had been earlier used, but technological advancement has improved the studies dramatically.
- Ancient embalmers had excellent skill and knowledge of human anatomy. Tamut, one of the mummies, had a job as a high-end temple singer of the god Amun, and was given the best possible mummification. Calcified plaque enough to cause heart attack or stroke were discovered in her arteries.
- Found in Thebes (mummified around 600 BC) skull were bits tools that may have been used to break the bones at the top of the nose to extract the brain. Besides, 5 dental abscesses that may have been the cause of his death were found.
- CT Scan
- Electronic Excavations
- X Ray