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Discovered non-human mummies thanks to CT scan

Israel: The results of the computer tomography revealed under the Egyptian mummy bandages are not human but a simulation of the two gods Horus and Osirus.

Mummies were created from seeds and mud. Photo: Live Science.

When the scientists looked under the wraps of two 3,000-year-old mummies believed to contain human hearts, they were taken aback by the discovery. The team found no hearts inside, but even non-human mummies. Instead, a mummy contained seeds and compacted mud. The other mummy was a bird, possibly a hawk, missing a body part and several internal organs.

“The bird lacks its left leg, but no one knows why,” said Dr. Marcia Javitt, chair of the radiology department at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, and professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC, said. Javitt is one of the researchers involved in scanning mummies with computerized tomography techniques on 29/6.

The two mummies in the same coffin have been kept in the Haifa Museum for about 50 years. However, researchers do not know much about the mummies except for more than 2,000 years, according to Ron Hillel, curator of the Haifa Museum collection.

Results of a CT scan at Rambam hospital revealed that the inside of the two mummies were very different. The 45 cm long humanoid mummy looks like Osiris, the deity of the afterlife, life and crops, containing seeds and mud. The remaining 25 cm bird-shaped mummy represents Horus. In Egyptian beliefs, Horus was a falcon-shaped god, son of Osiris and goddess Isis who embodied the sky and pharaoh.

Over time, the falcon’s mummy dries up, and the tissue becomes denser like dried beef. Meanwhile, the bone marrow is also dry, leaving only the hollow bone. Therefore, Javitt et al. Used the double tomography technique to investigate tissue characteristics. Javitt noticed that the bird’s neck was broken, but wounds were more likely to occur after the bird died. The bird also lacked some internal organs in the abdomen, but scientists need more research to determine which ones are missing.

(According to Live Science)

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