Details from Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep I’s 3,000-year-old mummified corps have been unearthed.
Researchers have “digitally unwrapped” the mummified body of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh using 3D computerized tomography (CT) scans, allowing the carefully preserved remains to be viewed for the first time in three millennia.
These fascinating findings were published in Frontiers in Medicine on Tuesday. They provide interesting insights into Pharaoh Amenhotep I’s appearance, life and death. He lived around 3,500 years ago. The site of Deir el-Bahari near Luxor was where his mummy was discovered. It dates back to around 140 years.
However, archaeologists had yet to uncover its secrets, since examining the remains would have been an invasive process that could have damaged the mummy’s intricate burial mask and delicate linen wrappings. CT scans revealed that Amenhotep I, who was 35 at the time of his death, had ruled the nation from approximately 1525 to 1504 BC.
“He was approximately 169cm (5ft 6in) tall, circumcised, and had good teeth. Within his wrappings, he wore 30 amulets and a unique golden girdle with gold beads,” said the study’s lead author, Sahar Saleem, a professor of radiology at Cairo University.
The project can be compared to “unwrapping a gift,”Saleem stated that Amenhotep I might have been involved “physically resembled his father: he had a narrow chin, a small narrow nose, curly hair, and mildly protruding upper teeth.”
Researchers also discovered the brain, which is what distinguishes these remains from other prominent pharaohs such as Ramses II and Tutankhamun.
Although the scans showed multiple post-death injuries – likely caused by grave robbers – the team did not find any “wounds or disfigurement due to disease”That suggested that death was the cause.
The study provided more information about the burial and mummification process. Amenhotep, the second ruler in the 18th Dynasty’s 18th Dynasty. His forearms were folded over his chest by Amenhotep. Saleem claimed that jewelry and other amulets seen in scans disproved the notion that burial priests took them out to be used by later pharaohs.
The mummification process can be described as “amazing,”Saleem observed that the remains had been “lovingly repaired”They were then reburied in the 21st Dynasty by the burial priests to ensure their safety. It is not known where the original graveyard was. The mummy is currently housed in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
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