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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

Science
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...
Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases

Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases

Science
Researchers in London have developed scanning techniques that show what is written on the papyrus that mummy cases are made from. These are the decorated boxes into which the wrapped body of the deceased was placed before it was put in a tomb. They are made from scraps of papyrus which were used by ancient Egyptians for shopping lists or tax returns. The technology is giving historians a new insight into everyday life in ancient Egypt. The hieroglyphics found on the walls of the tombs of the Pharaohs show how the rich and powerful wanted to be portrayed. It was the propaganda of its time. The new technique gives Egyptologists access to the real story of Ancient Egypt, according to Prof Adam Gibson of University College London, who led the project."Because the waste papyrus was used to mak...
Mummy discovered in unexplored Egyptian tomb

Mummy discovered in unexplored Egyptian tomb

Technology
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a new mummy in a previously unexplored tomb near the city of Luxor.According to Egypt's antiquities ministry, the mummy was found in one of two tombs which are being explored for the first time since being found twenty years ago.The tombs, which are located just across the Nile from Luxor, were found by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp in the 1990s.They were found in an area known as the Dra Abu el Naga necropolis, near to the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where the treasures of Tutankhamun were found.They are believed to date back to the ancient Egyptian dynasties of the New Kingdom, which lasted from 1,550-1,070 BC.Authorities are exploring the tombs as Egypt attempts to encourage tourists to visit its ancient sites.Antiquit...