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The secrets of a mummy revealed … without stripping it of a strip


This pharaoh son of Ahms-Nefertari and Ahmosis I, founder of the 18th dynasty (-1550 to -1292), is thus the first to be mummified with his arms outstretched, but also the last whose brain has not was removed from the skull at the time of its mummification, said a statement Tuesday from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

This mummy, discovered in Luxor in 1881, is the only one whose bands tightly wrapping the body have never been unrolled by archaeologists, to preserve its funerary mask as well as the garlands of flowers that surround it like hair.

Computed tomography analysis, the scanner of medical radiologists, further reveals that this pharaoh, who led several military campaigns during his 21-year reign, died at age 35, apparently without injury or illness.

This research was carried out by Sahar Saleem, professor of radiology at Cairo University, and Zahi Hawass, an essential, but sometimes controversial figure in Egyptology.

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Together, they subjected the mummy to a very advanced 3D medical imaging technique, computed tomography.

Using this same technique, Mr. Hawass and the specialist in mummies, the German Albert Zink, had solved in 2012 a crime old 3000 years old by discovering the truth about the harem conspiracy.

With the help of X-rays and DNA analyzes, they had proved that Ramses III had his throat slit during this conspiracy hatched by a co-wife wanting to install her son on the throne in place of the firstborn d one of its rivals.

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