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The heads of two mummies, donated to Tulane University in 1852, were recently scanned at Tulane Medical centre in New Orleans under the supervision of senior honours student Savanna Bailey and Tulane anthropologists.
"Although the mummies were scanned in 1998, today's newer equipment "has come a long way," Verano said," and that's one of reasons we decided to do this, to get better material." Dr. Scott Beech, head of the TMC radiology department, worked with Verano to arrange the scans.
Only the heads, which were already unattached, were scanned to avoid moving the fragile, 3,000-year-old mummies, Verano said.
Analysis of the female mummy's teeth showed her to be between 13.5 and 15.5 years old at death, verifying previous research. Scans of the male mummy, a priest and overseer of craftsmen at one of the most important temples in Egypt, revealed that he was more than 50 years old, based on an extensive amount of tooth wear."Read the article at Phys Org