Mummies found 400 years ago underwent computed tomography

The mummies found in 1615 were first scanned by computed tomography. It turned out that the remains belonged to a 20-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a teenage girl from 17 to 19 years old.

It is noted that the bodies were buried along with jewelry, coins and jewelry. According to the researchers, the people who owned the mummies had diseases, due to which, presumably, they died at a young age. The scientists decided to make a tomogram so as not to damage the remains during autopsy.

Their value lies in the fact that these three mummies are the only surviving “portrait mummies” from Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian necropolis. The bodies were laid on boards, covered with a shroud, and then covered with plaster and gold. The resulting sarcophagus was painted with a portrait of the deceased.

According to the study, at least one mummy was buried with all internal organs. Her jewelry was buried with the woman, testifying to her belonging to a higher class.

Earlier it was reported that scientists were able to recreate the face of an ancient Egyptian boy from his portrait attached to the lid of the sarcophagus. It is noted that the child died at the age of three to four years, but in the image he was older.

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