Sunday, May 13, 2012

Curator’s Diary 7/5/12: CT-scanning the mummies (I)

Egypt at the Manchester Museum (Campbell Price)

Does anyone know if there's a project collating the various mummy scan results world-wide?

Last week I followed in a proud Manchester Museum tradition when I accompanied four of our mummies to the Manchester University Children’s Hospital to be CT-scanned. The use of Computed Tomography (CT) has become an established method of non-invasive investigation of Egyptian human remains. The current work is part of a wider programme of investigation, using state-of-the-art methods, undertaken on the Museum’s Egyptian mummies by Prof. Rosalie David, former Egyptology curator at the Museum and authority on mummy studies, and Prof. Judith Adams, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Manchester’s School of Medicine. It was thanks to Judith’s previous work with Rosalie – and continuing interest in mummies – that we were able to book our ‘patients’ in when the scanner was not otherwise in use.

1 comment:

Dr. Andrew Wade said...

There is indeed such a project. The IMPACT Radiological Mummy Database Project ( at the University of Western Ontario is currently under way, and is expected to go live online this summer.