Thu Aug 2, 2012 5:25PM
A British Museum mummy being scanned by Manchester University PhD student Abeer Helmi at Manchester Royal Infirmary

A British Museum mummy being scanned by Manchester University PhD student Abeer Helmi at Manchester Royal Infirmary

What they are buried with, and even the materials of the bandages and the case, tell us about their family, and what materials they had available at the time." Abeer Helmi, University of manchester.
CT scans performed by Manchester University experts on Egyptian mummy caskets reveal three-dimensional pictures of the ancient preserved bodies. Egyptian-born student Dr. Abeer Helmi who tested seven mummies from the British Museum, said the scans did not pose any threat to the bodies. "They are very delicate and still covered in their casing,” Telegraph quoted Dr. Helmi as saying. "Using this technique allowed us see exactly how they were wrapped and also learn about their health.” "We spotted wooden struts inside the wrappings which were used to support the bodies after death and abnormalities in two of the mummies." The scanned mummies included a priestess buried with 11 gold amulets, a 12-year-old girl and five adult men that were put under the scanner normally used for patients at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. The resulting pictures showed that two of the seven mummies were anaemic and all but the youngest had serious dental problems caused by the bread they ate. The mummies dated back to around 900 BCE, when Egyptians were using new preservation techniques. “They had been mummifying bodies for thousands of years and refining it all the time,” Dr. Helmi said. “But they wanted these to be the best, and for them to look in death as close to how they looked in life by keeping the internal organs inside the body, in packages, and putting stones where the eyes were to make them look lifelike. “What they are buried with, and even the materials of the bandages and the case, tell us about their family, and what materials they had available at the time.” TE/TE
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