Museum Unravels Mummy’s Mysteries With CT Scan

RICHMOND, Va. (February 2, 2013)--The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., is using modern technology to unravel the story behind one of the earliest surviving Egyptian mummies.

The museum partnered this week with a local medical imaging center to complete a CT scan on Tjeby, a 4,000-year-old mummy.

Experts hope the scan will help piece together more information about the mummy itself, as well as a better understanding of the early history of the mummification process.

Only a handful of mummies from the time period have been examined using this technology.

The mummy underwent a CT scan in 1986, but newer equipment will provide greater detail of the body and will also allow the information to be used to create a 3-D digital model and even reconstruct the mummy's face.

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