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I've been waiting 2,000 years for this scan..


THE mysteries of Ancient Egypt were unveiled by modern technology when a 2,000-year-old mummy was given a state-of-the-art CAT scan.

The linen bandages around the tiny body which had been given to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford were too delicate to be unwrapped. So scientists turned to the scanner in the city's John Radcliffe Hospital, a device which is usually used to find tumours. By taking X-rays from different angles, the CAT scanner built up a 3D image of the mummy and revealed it to be the corpse of boy of about three years old who probably died of pneumonia.

The scan also found several gold amulets placed over the child's heart, stomach and genitals to protect his spirit in the afterlife.

The mummy and its scans will now form part of a new display at the Ashmolean.


Past meets present... The mummy goes into the scanner' Revealed... After 2,000 years scientists are able to examine the body of the mummified boy
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2006
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