Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Minnesota mummy under the scanner


While many a mummy-costumed trick-or-treater heads to the streets this Halloween weekend, Minnesota’s most famous bona fide mummy is going to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul for a CT scan.

The Science Museum of Minnesota has decided it’s time to strip away some of the mystery from the mummy it acquired in 1925 as a donation from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Simon P. Crosby.

Thousands of Minnesotans have seen this mummy over the years without knowing much about it.

A few hints came in 1983 when radiographic studies revealed that all internal organs except the heart had been removed during the mummification process, a common practice that confirms the mummy’s authenticity.

Findings from those tests supported the museum’s theory that the mummy probably was a priest. The evidence pointed to a shaven head, callused feet of a man who walked barefoot and hands that showed no signs of extensive manual labor.


Just in time for Halloween, the mummy at the Science Museum of Minnesota is getting a CT scan.

Staff at Children's Hospital in St. Paul plan to conduct the scan Friday afternoon.

While the museum already has a scan and other X-ray studies from 1983, researchers hope to learn even more by using modern imaging equipment.

They hope to come away with a 3D model of the mummy's inner workings and new details about his life.

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