In a revolutionary attempt for archaeology, a team of scientists from a renowned United States laboratory are using a new form of X-ray in order to scan and reveal what is inside an ancient Egyptian mummy. The mummy, which experts believe belongs to a five-year old girl, has never been tampered with since her unearthing, 100 years ago. This technology with such a strong x-ray has never been used before on a mummy. The goal is to obtain a highly-detailed 3D analysis of the body inside or of any other possibly valuable objects from underneath the linen wraps.
This mummy is also not an unusual one because apart from the body, a portrait of the child’s face has also been added and preserved with it. The little girl is thought to have died about 1,900 years ago. As for the “portrait mummy”, this is one of the 100 that currently exist intact in the world. It’s an interesting blend of the Egyptian mummification process along with the Roman one.
A mysterious child mummy
The painting of her face encouraged the scientists to try and find out more about her without disturbing the layers on top of her. According to professor Mark Walton, the entire team became emotional once they realized how young this girl was when she passed away. So far, they have discovered that she was a relatively healthy child and didn’t have any trauma that could have caused her early death. This prompted them to believe that she died of a disease such as measles or even malaria.
This mummy is one of the only in the world that have been left completely intact and displayed in exhibitions around the world. However, this year, the team decided that it was time to find out more about the girl inside. This is why this mummy became the first one to be scanned with synchrotron x-rays.
They are currently trying to reveal her secrets, including the unknown object that has been placed inside her skull after the brain was removed.
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