New CT scans help researchers "undress" a mummy virtually
The British Museum uses the same software employed by car companies to make 3-D models
Researchers can now approximate a mummy's age, cause of death and general health
The urge to undress a mummy can be strong. In the 19th century, Egyptologists didn’t think twice about tearing off a mummy’s wrappings. Even Ramses the Great couldn’t avoid the indignity of being stripped bare in front of an audience of curious onlookers.
Today’s experts in the field know better.
“Certainly, it’s a damaging process, and you lose a lot of information and disturb the mummy itself. It’s also something that is no longer necessary with advancements in technology,” says Dr. Daniel Antoine, the curator of physical anthropology at the British Museum in London.