Mummy unveiled!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Back in 2011, three Egyptian mummies, which have been part of McGill’s Redpath Museum collection since the mid-1800s, underwent CT scans at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. The result was high-resolution 3D radiological images of what was underneath the bandages—images used to determine valuable information about the demographics, social statuses, and medical ailments of these three ancients.

Today, the project took things a step further when it unveiled reconstructions of what the people looked like pre-mummification. Barbara Lawson, curator of the Redpath’s World Cultures gallery, was joined by Victoria Lywood (a forensic artist at Montreal’s John Abbott College), Mark Ewanchyna (from John Abbott’s Department of Engineering) and anthropologist Andrew Wade (from Western University, home of the IMPACT Radiological Mummy Database Project).

Starting next month, the reconstructions will be part of a new display in the Redpath. LiveScience has more photos and information about the project. And here’s a video about the CT scanning done in 2011:

(Image of the mummy reconstruction courtesy of Victoria Lywood.)

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