November 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia museum is using modern technology to unwrap the story behind one of the earliest surviving Egyptian mummies.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond partnered this week with a local medical imaging center to complete a CT scan on Tjeby, its 4,000-year-old mummy.
Experts hope the scan will help piece together more information about the mummy itself, as well as a better understanding of the early history of the mummification process. Only a handful of mummies from the time period have been examined using this technology.
The mummy underwent a CT scan in 1986, but newer equipment will provide greater detail of the body. It also will allow the information to be used to create a 3-D digital model and even reconstruct the mummy's face.