EGYPT – Egyptian researchers have uncovered the secrets of a royal mummy still in its bandages through medical imaging, revealing new embalming techniques pioneered with Amenhotep I over 1,500 BC.

This pharaoh son of Ahms-Nefertari and Ahmosis I, founder of the XVIIIth dynasty (-1550 to -1292), is thus the first to be mummified with his arms outstretched but also the last whose brain was not removed from the skull at the time of its mummification, explains this Tuesday, December 28, a press release from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

This mummy, discovered in Luxor in Egypt in 1881, is the only one whose bands tightly wrapped around the body have never been unwound by archaeologists, to preserve its funeral mask and the garlands of flowers that surround it like hair.

New results of 3D CT analyzes of a royal mummy: “Amenhotep I was about 35 years old at the time of his death, measured 169 cm, was circumcised and had good teeth” … (under his bands were also 30 amulets and a belt gold beads) … https://t.co/lCRCFEVXO6pic.twitter.com/MhFx9mmbSP

# Egypt # History: # 3d archeology: the mummy of the pharaoh #Amenhotep I (12th dyn) “open” digitally (Sahar #Saleem and Zahi #Hawass): what’s inside? News 2021 https://t.co/ZD5CGXW7x2https://t.co/lBuw8N2M3ahttps://t.co/CkxihFgul5pic.twitter.com/Pe6HIShWVl

Computed tomography, the scan of medical radiologists, further reveals that this pharaoh, who led several military campaigns during his 21-year reign, died at age 35, apparently without injury or illness.

This research was carried out by Sahar Saleem, professor of radiology at Cairo University, and Zahi Hawass, a leading but sometimes controversial figure in Egyptology.

Together, they subjected the mummy to a highly advanced 3D medical imaging technique, computed tomography.

Using the same technique, Zahi Hawass and German mummy specialist Albert Zink solved a 3000-year-old crime in 2012 by uncovering the truth about the “harem conspiracy”.

With the help of X-rays and DNA analyzes, they had proved that Ramses III had his throat slit during this conspiracy hatched by a co-wife wanting to install her son on the throne in place of the firstborn d one of its rivals.

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