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New Technology Unwraps Mummies' Ancient Mysteries

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Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

The findings are going on display in an exhibition which sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed 3-D images of their insides.

Bio-archaeologist Daniel Antoine said Wednesday that the goal is "for them to be presented not as mummies but as human beings, and to be respected as such."

High-resolution scanning has revealed that one mummy, a temple singer named Tamut, had hardening of the arteries — evidence of a fatty diet, and high social status.

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