3,000-Year-Old Mystery: Secrets of Egyptian Mummy to Be Revealed

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Scientists hope to reconstruct the life of the Egyptian priest and unveil which kinds of products were used to mummify the body.

The personality of Ankhekhonsu, an ancient Egyptian priest, has been surrounded by mysteries for ages. But a group of Italian scientists is going to shed some light on his life and death through the use of modern technology.

Earlier this week, the mummy of Ankhekhonsu was transferred from Bergamo's Civic Archaeological Museum to Milan's Policlinico hospital, where it underwent a CT scan. The research will help scientists get a closer look at how burial customs were organised almost 3,000 years ago, and which products were used to mummify the body.

Sputnik has selected several pictures showing how scientists scanned the mummy and what the nearly 3,000-year-old body looks like.

© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoThe scientists is researching the mummy of a man called Ankhekhonsu, who served as a priest. The more researches learn about the body, the more we know about the ancient Egypt.

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The scientists is researching the mummy of a man called Ankhekhonsu, who served as a priest. The more researches learn about the body, the more we know about the ancient Egypt.

© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoMedical radiology technicians and researchers look at a computer screen as an Egyptian mummy undergoes a CT scan.
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Medical radiology technicians and researchers look at a computer screen as an Egyptian mummy undergoes a CT scan.
© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoAn Egyptian mummy is seen next to its coffin at the Civic Archaeological Museum of Bergamo.
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An Egyptian mummy is seen next to its coffin at the Civic Archaeological Museum of Bergamo.
© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoA group of researches are planning to reconstruct the life and death of the priest.
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A group of researches are planning to reconstruct the life and death of the priest.
© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoWhich kinds of products were used to mummify the body? - That is one of the main research goals.
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Which kinds of products were used to mummify the body? - That is one of the main research goals.
© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoAn Egyptian mummy undergoes a CT scan in order for researchers to investigate its history, at the Policlinico hospital in Milan.
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An Egyptian mummy undergoes a CT scan in order for researchers to investigate its history, at the Policlinico hospital in Milan.
© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoStudying ancient diseases is also a part of the research
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Studying ancient diseases is also a part of the research
© REUTERS / Flavio Lo ScalzoA medical radiology technician prepares a CT scan to do a radiological examination of an Egyptian mummy.
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A medical radiology technician prepares a CT scan to do a radiological examination of an Egyptian mummy.
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