Va museum unwrapping mummy's story with CT scan

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Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 9:33 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia museum is using modern technology to unwrap the story behind one of the earliest surviving Egyptian mummies.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond partnered this week with a local medical imaging center to complete a CT scan on Tjeby (CHEH-bee), its 4,000-year-old mummy.

Experts hope the scan will help piece together more information about the mummy itself, as well as a better understanding of the early history of the mummification process. Only a handful of mummies from the time period have been examined using this technology.

The mummy underwent a CT scan in 1986, but newer equipment will provide greater detail of the body. It also will allow the information to be used to create a 3-D digital model and even reconstruct the mummy's face.

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