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3-D scan reconstructs face of a mummy

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posted on Oct, 6 2004 @ 04:46 PM
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"Italian researchers produce one of the most detailed views of an ancient Egyptian.

Italian scientists have used three-dimensional X-ray imaging to reveal the skull of a nearly 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy and reconstruct his head, all without disturbing a single wrapping.

The procedure — which blends state-of-the-art CT scanning, rapid prototyping and forensic facial reconstruction — offers a noninvasive way to solve riddles of the ancient past, the scientists said."



"The team started with the wrapped mummy of Harwa, an artisan who is thought to have lived sometime between 945 and 715 B.C. The mummy was found in the early 1900s in Egypt's Valley of the Queens by Italian Egyptologist Ernesto Schiaparelli, and brought to the Egyptian Museum in Turin.

The mummy was placed on a standard medical scanner, and 335 images were made during just 27.4 seconds of scanning time. That imagery was fed into a computer, and the bandages were virtually removed by manipulating the software. The researchers also could discriminate between the soft tissue of Harwa's face and his skull.


Based on the virtual reconstruction, the researchers said Harwa was about 45 years old when he died. "The teeth are in poor condition, and no other evidence of disease can be seen," they said."

3-D scan reconstructs face of a mummy
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Now they can do this instead of destroying the mummy in order to examine it.



 
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