Egyptian mummy undergoes CT scan to discover his life and death

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    Ancient Egypt met modern medical technology on Monday (June 21) when an Egyptian mummy underwent a CT scan at a Milan hospital as part of a research project to discover what he looked like, how he lived and how he died.

    The remains of the mummy, believed to belong to an ancient Egyptian priest called Ankhekhonsu, went through a CT scanner in the Policlinico Hospital after being transferred from Bergamo’s Civic Archaeological Museum.

    The analysis is part of the project “A mummy to be saved,” created by the Mummy Project Research and the Bergamo museum to shed light on the life of the mummified man but also on aspects of ancient Egyptian burial customs.

    The mummy and its sarcophagus has been in Bergamo since 1885, donated by an Italian ambassador who was living in Egypt.

    The skeleton head was placed into a protective box and the rest of the remains were covered as they were transported by hearse from Bergamo to Milan by archaeo-anthropologists from the research project.

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