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Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy


Ancient Egypt met modern medical technology when a mummy underwent a CT scan at an Italian hospital as part of a research project to discover its secrets.


Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy
Credit: Reuters



The mummy of Ankhekhonsu, an ancient Egyptian priest, was transferred from Bergamo's Civic Archaeological Museum to Milan's Policlinico hospital, where experts will shed light on his life and the burial customs of almost 3,000 years ago.


Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy

Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy
Credit: Reuters

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


Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy

Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy
Credit: Reuters



Malgora said 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.


Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy

Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy
Credit: Reuters

Researchers believe they can reconstruct the life and death of the Egyptian priest and understand which kinds of products were used to mummify the body.




"Studying ancient diseases and wounds is important for modern medical research ... we can study the cancer or the arteriosclerosis of the past and this can be useful for modern research," she said.


Source: Reuters [June 23, 2021]



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