The headless head of an ancient Egyptian mummy found two years ago in the attic of a British doctor’s house, covered in dust, belonged to a woman who lived 2,000 years ago, a computer scan showed
- The headless head of an ancient Egyptian mummy has been found in the attic of a house in Kent after it was removed after the death of the owner.
- The head was donated to a research center that performed a CT scan on it.
- The team found that it belonged to a woman who was on a rough diet of grains.
- Her brain has been removed, but her tongue is still there and well preserved.
- Researchers believe that the head was brought from Egypt as a souvenir in the 19th century and passed down as a family heirloom.
The severed head of an ancient Egyptian mummy that was collecting dust in the attic of a late doctor’s house in the UK has been placed under a CT scan that showed it once belonged to a woman who lived some 2,000 years ago.
Canterbury Christ Church University did a preliminary scan that showed she had worn teeth from a strict diet, her brain had been removed and her tongue was still remarkably preserved.
Although the researchers are not sure about the origin of the head, they believe that it was brought from Egypt as a souvenir in the 19th century and was passed down as a family heirloom.
The theory has to do with the popularity of mummies during the Victorian era. At the time, people held “unpacking parties” where the group ate and drank while enjoying the process of removing the wrappers from the mummified body.
The mummified head was donated to research. It was found in the attic of a house in the UK.
A CT scanner was used on the head of the decapeptide mummy, allowing the team to recreate it in 3D and analyze what might be hiding under the wrappers.
The head was donated to the researchers in November 2020, and the first CT scan was performed a year later. Now the team has uncovered new details of the head, such as the person’s gender and diet.
The worn teeth suggest that the woman ate cereals, which were the staple food of the ancient Egyptians.
The CT scan also revealed some kind of tube in the spinal canal and left nostril.
“Whether the pipe is historical (Victorian) or ancient (Egyptian) is not known,” James Elliott, professor of diagnostic radiography at Canterbury Christ Church University, said in a statement.
Scans show that the head belonged to a woman who lived 2,000 years ago. Her teeth are worn, which suggests that she was on a strict diet.
The images also show that her brain has been removed and her tongue is still well preserved.
The next part of this ongoing project is to carefully analyze all the images again in the hope of providing more detailed information about the pathology, trauma, and condition of the teeth.
And Elliot notes that the team will try to find a way in the head to gently remove the brain.
“Ironically, the ancient Egyptians believed that the human mind was in their heart and cared little for the brain,” he shared in a statement.
“Regardless of that, the brain was removed to help save the person.”
Other tests, including ancient DNA and radiocarbon dating, are potential avenues for research. The results will eventually be published in an academic journal and shared with the public.
Once the team knows everything they can, the woman’s face will be reconstructed.
CT scanners have become a popular way to examine mummies. as in July, technology was being used to determine the death of what was once a man known as the “mummy of the screaming woman.”
CT scanners have become a popular way to examine mummies. since in July the technology was used to determine the death of a man once known as the “mummy of the screaming woman” – she died of a heart attack.
The woman was embalmed with her head thrown back and her mouth open, as if crying in terror.
To solve the mystery, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and Sahar Salim, professor of radiology at Cairo University, used CT scans to find out what caused her death around 3,000 years ago.
The results show that she suffered from a severe case of atherosclerosis that affected a number of her arteries.
The position of the remains suggests that the woman was discovered only after a few hours, which were long enough to develop the convulsions of death, and the embalmers preserved the body as it was found.