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A mummy is one of the most recognizable legacies of ancient Egypt. It has fascinated people throughout history because it reveals humanity — one can clearly see that this is a human being — and yet appears to conceal identity: its entire body, including its face, is hidden from view. More Who is this person under wraps?


The mummy pictured above is on loan from the Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and can currently be seen on site at the Museum of Science, Boston. The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center made available to us some of the most advanced CAT scan imaging technology available in the Northeast, allowing us to generate about 2500 images of the mummy to be used for the advanced 3D imaging. More Read more about this technology.

Mummification was an important step to ensuring one's afterlife in Ancient Egypt — the body had to be preserved so that one's ba — or soul — could re-enter the body for eternity. Mummification was a very effective way of preserving a person after death and making sure that the ba would have a place to return to for a long time to come.
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Secrets Under Wraps

Cutting edge CAT Scan technology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston allowed us to look inside our resident mummy without removing a single wrapping. We found a heart, a missing toe, a twisted spine, a healing thumb, and a dislocated pelvis.

The heart, highlighted in red above, was left in place, integral as it was to entering the afterlife.

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