What's Underneath? Secrets Of Ancient Mummies Are Finally Being Revealed!

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It was a common practice to mummify the dead for some societies thousands of years ago. Our knowledge of these mummies which have been preserved throughout history has been limited to what is visible from the outside. Until today. a special exhibit that's on display at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York allows people to see 18 of those mummies in person, some of which have not been seen since Chicago's World Fair over 100 years ago. Thanks to the new technology.

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, a special exhibit that's on display at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York allows people to have information about mummies they never knew before.

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In the exhibit, on tour from the collections of Chicago's Field Museum, technology like computerized tomography (CT) scans allows visitors to see what the insides of these mummies are like for the first time.

This technology allows visitors to see not only their body but also who they were, what their lives were like, and even what they may have looked like.

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The images show some of what visitors will be able to see at the exhibit. Much of exhibit, including mummified bodies, bundles containing mummies, and body parts that were unwrapped by tomb pillagers, cannot be photographed, and will have to be seen in person.

The scans used by researchers for the exhibit mean this is the first time we've seen what's inside many of the mummy wrappings from both Peru and Egypt.

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CT scans take hundreds of images, revealing 3D detail.

This scan of the Egyptian mummy known as the “Gilded Lady” revealed that she was a woman.

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She was in her forties with curly hair and a slight overbite. She may have died from tuberculosis.

And here here you can see the container the "Gilded Lady" mummy rests in.

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The scans give the researchers estimates of everything from facial structure to skin thickness.

Using this data, they've created sculptures of what mummies like the "Gilded Lady" looked like in life.

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Of course, this is possible because it is related to how skillfully the mummification process was performed. It was possible to make this model because the woman's body was extremely well preserved in the coffin.

This coffin dates to about 700 to 600 BCE.

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Many coffins were covered in hieroglyphics.

In Egypt, organs were removed and occasionally placed into containers like the two animal-shaped containers beside the mummy

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In Peru, organs were usually not removed.

Animals were also mummified in Egypt.

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This gazelle was probably raised at a temple in order to be mummified and used as a burial offering.

According to David Hurst Thomas, co-curator of the exhibit. "The science has changed so much in the last couple of decades," he says. Now kids can virtually "unwrap" a mummy.

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Moreover, thanks to the screens in the museum, all the mummies can be opened visually and all the information reached can be displayed.

The CT scans can be used to create 3D images, like this one of a teenage boy who was mummified

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The scans show the shape of eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.

Then an artist sculpts to try to see what this Ptolemaic era mummy looked like in real life.

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The anatomical features of these mummies, which have been converted into sculptures, are revealed in a way how they were seen in the period they lived.

The resulting sculpture seems a far cry from what the mummy looks like now.

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Doesn't it look so real? We hope that this technology will help us reveal everything about history we don't know yet.

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