Mummy Skeleton

mummy skeleton

 

CT scan visualisation of the skeleton of a mummy, thought to be around 5500 years old, that was discovered in Gebelein, Upper Egypt, in the 1890s. Dating from the age before the Pharaohs, the body of this Predynastic man was naturally mummified by the hot, dry sand in which he was buried. In 2012, he was CT (Computed Tomography) scanned for the first time. The X-ray ‘slices’ generated were used to create highly accurate 3D visualisations of the mummy, allowing scientists at the British Museum to conduct a ‘virtual autopsy’. Gebelein Man appears to have died between the ages of 18 and 21, when his long bones were still fusing, most probably as the result of a stab wound to the upper left shoulder. An interactive display in the Early Egypt Gallery at the British Museum, alongside Gebelein Man himself, enables visitors to explore the scan of the mummy using Inside Explorer, a touch-screen based visualisation system

Image © Trustees of the British Museum. Inside Explorer by Interspectral AB

 

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