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Mummy mysteries unwrapped

London, April 9 (AP): Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

The findings go on display next month in an exhibition that sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed three-dimensional images of their insides and 3-D printed replicas of some of the items buried with them.

Bio-archaeologist Daniel Antoine said today that the goal is to present these long-dead individuals “not as mummies but as human beings”.

Mummies have been one of the British Museum’s biggest draws ever since it opened in 1759.

 
 
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