History meets modern technology: Egyptian mummy undergoes CT scan in Italy

Modern technology is progressing and revisiting ancient history to learn more about the past. Some researchers in Italy took this journey a little further by putting an Egyptian mummy through a CT scan to understand the past of these glorious pieces of ancient civilisation

Ankhekhonsu

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

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Revealing secrets

The mummy of the priest was put through a CT scan in Italy's Policlinico hospital as a part of a research project to discover its secrets.

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

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Understanding the process

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.

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History of name

The 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.

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Making progress

Scientists believe studying diseases and wounds of these mummies is important and beneficial for modern medical research as the researchers can "study the cancer or the arteriosclerosis of the past and this can be useful for modern research," said Sabina Malgora, the director of the Mummy Project Research.

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