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Researchers used CT scans to virtually unwrap a pristine mummy

In 1881, archaeologists discovered the mummy of Amenhotep I in Deir el-Bahari, village representatives outside of Egypt’s acclaimed Valley of the Kings. For 140 times, scientists have been unwilling to unwrap the king’s body out of fear they’ll damage his ornate face mask and bandages. But thanks to computer tomography( CT) engineering, they don’t have to take that risk anymore. Researchers at Cairo University recently digitally “unwrapped” Amenhotep to learn about his life and dynasty.

The examinations exposed he was about 35 year olds when he died. “Amenhotep I seems to have physically resembled his father: he had a narrow chin, a small narrow nose, curly hair, and mildly protruding upper teeth, ” Dr. Sahar Saleem, the make author of such studies, told PA Media. It’s not clear why he passed out at such a young age. Researchers witnessed no evidence of external wraps or disfigurements that may have contributed to his death.

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What they did discover were various post-mortem traumata that were likely inflicted on their own bodies by grave robbers. That impair was “lovingly repaired” by mortuary pastors of the 21 st Dynasty some 400 times after Amenhotep’s death. They utilized a resin-treated linen band to reattach the leader and cervix together. Investigates also discovered some 30 amulets concealed among Amenhotep’s covers. The happening they were still there even after his reburial likely rebuts the long-held theory that pastors of later houses would reuse the ornaments in the funeral rites of their pharaohs.

The study stipulates an revelation into one of the most fascinating periods of Egyptian history. Amenhotep I governed between 1525 and 1504 BCE, during Egypt’s New Kingdom period. He was among the first pharaohs of the 18 th dynasty, a lineage that would later include Akhenaten, the contentious “heretic” pharaoh who introduces the kingdom to a monotheistic-like religion centered around the sun. He was too the father-god of Tutankhamun or King Tut.

The first time archaeologists expended a CT scan to examine a mummy was in 1977. As the technology has ripened and become more accessible, it has allowed researchers to study mummies in ways they couldn’t before. In 2017, for instance, Chicago’s Field Museum was instrumental in dive into its accumulation, one of the most extensive in the US, with the assistance of portable CT scanners.

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