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  • Hospital tests reveal the secrets of an Egyptian mummy

    A team of medical experts and researchers presented new findings on the Spurlock Museum mummy - a child from a wealthy family in the Roman period of ancient Egypt. - at a symposium Nov. 2. The mummy was received CT scans in 1990 and again this summer.

    A team of medical experts and researchers presented new findings on the Spurlock Museum mummy - a child from a wealthy family in the Roman period of ancient Egypt. - at a symposium Nov. 2. The mummy was received CT scans in 1990 and again this summer.

    Photo by Melissa Sotelo, Spurlock Museum

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      A team of medical experts and researchers presented new findings on the Spurlock Museum mummy - a child from a wealthy family in the Roman period of ancient Egypt. - at a symposium Nov. 2. The mummy was received CT scans in 1990 and again this summer.

      Photo by Melissa Sotelo, Spurlock Museum

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      Images from the recent CT scans of the mummy show that the child still had some of its baby teeth, with adult teeth coming in.

      Photo by David Hunt, Smithsonian Institution

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      Sarah Wisseman, director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and author of "The Virtual Mummy," led the effort to study the mummy without removing its shroud.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Researchers were not able to determine the cause of death for the child although the scan showed a cracked skull. The lack of evidence of bleeding indicates the crack could have occurred post-mortem.

      Photo by David Hunt, Smithsonian Institution

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      Digital reconstructions by Joe Mullins, of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, created from the recent CT scans.

      Photo by Joe Mullins, of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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