Revealing the secrets of a mummy … without stripping it from the tape

Egyptian researchers were able to discover the secrets of a royal mummy still in its tapes thanks to medical imaging, and they revealed new mummification techniques launched with Amenhotep I more than 1500 BC.

This pharaoh Ibn Ahmose Nefertari and Ahmose I, the founder of the Eighteenth Dynasty (-1550 to -1292), is the first to be embalmed with his arms outstretched, but he is also the last mummy whose brain was not removed from the skull when the time for embalming came, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Tuesday.

Discovered in Luxor in 1881, this mummy is the only one in which archaeologists have not previously opened the bands that tightly enclose the body, to preserve its funerary mask as well as the wreaths that surround it like hair.

Computer tomography, scans of radiologists, reveals that this pharaoh, who led several military campaigns during his 21-year reign, died at the age of 35, apparently without injury or illness.

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This research was conducted by Sahar Selim, professor of radiology at Cairo University, and Zahi Hawass, a key but sometimes controversial figure in Egyptology.

Together, they subjected the mummy to a highly advanced 3D medical imaging technology, computerized tomography (CT).

Thanks to this same technology, German mummies specialist Albert Zink was able to solve a 3,000-year-old crime in 2012 by discovering the truth about the “harem plot”.

With the help of X-rays and DNA analyzes, they established that Ramses III had his throat slit during this plot by a partner’s wife who wanted to install her son on the throne instead of the firstborn of his rivals.

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