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

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

Egyptian researchers have succeeded in discovering the secrets of a royal mummy still in its tapes thanks to medical imaging, and revealed new mummification techniques launched by Amenhotep I.is being plus de 1500 ans av. c- c.

This pharaoh is the son of Ahmose Nefertari and Ahmose Iis being, founder of the eighteenthe Dynasty (-1550 to -1292), is the first to be mummified with outstretched arms, but it is also the last whose brain was not removed from the skull at the time of embalming, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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.

CT analysis, the scanner of medical 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 disease.

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).

Using the same method, in 2012 Mr. Hawass and German mummies specialist Albert Zink, solved a 3,000-year-old crime by revealing 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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