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Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life

Mummy returns: Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest brought to life

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists have fulfilled a mummified Egyptian priest's wish for life after death - by replicating his voice with artificial vocal chords.Nesyamun's voice has been reproduced as a vowel-like sound that is reminiscent of a sheep's bleat.The priest lived during the politically volatile reign of pharaoh Ramses XI, between 1099 and 1069BC.As a priest in Thebes, Nesyamun would have needed a strong voice for his ritual duties, which involved singing.When Nesyamun died, his voice fell silent, but 3,000 years on, a team of researchers have brought it back to life.They have done so by producing a 3D-printed voice box based Nesyamun's vocal tract, which was scanned to establish its precise dimensions. By usin...
Scientists find 3,000-year-old cloth, earliest evidence of chemical dyeing

Scientists find 3,000-year-old cloth, earliest evidence of chemical dyeing

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June 28 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have recovered the earliest evidence of plant-based textile dyeing. The evidence is a 3,000-year-old piece of cloth found in Israel's Arava desert.Researchers say the record-setting wool and linen fragments offer insights into the textile industry that supported a highly hierarchical society in Israel's Timna Valley during between the 13th and 10th centuries BC."This was clearly a formative period, with local kingdoms emerging and replacing Egyptian hegemony in Canaan," Erez Ben-Yosef, an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University, said in a news release. "These beautiful masterpieces of weaving and dyeing -- the first evidence of industrial dyeing at the time, of wash-resistant color on textile -- support the idea of a strong, hierarchical Edomite Kingdom in Timn...