(ORDO NEWS) — Some time ago, experts used an X-ray machine to conduct a study of an ancient Egyptian mummy.
She was buried along with a crutch. Scientists have established that this is the mummy of a woman who died at the age of 25-40 years.
The pathologies found in the skeleton may indicate that the deceased suffered a stroke, which caused paralysis on the left side of the body.
The presence of a red shroud in a mummy may indicate that approximately 2700 years ago she had a fairly high social status.
Paleoradiology has recently begun to develop more actively. In other words, modern imaging methods are used in the course of research.
Now mummies can be studied in detail with the help of computer or magnetic resonance imaging, radiography.
Often, specialists use three-dimensional reconstruction, as well as many other technologies that began to be practiced in medicine only at the end of the last century. Due to this, it is possible to learn a lot about the mummified remains.
It is worth paying attention to the fact that the mummified remains are very hard and dry, so it is very problematic to conduct a standard pathological and anatomical examination.
This can greatly spoil the archaeological finds and provide a minimum of information. With the help of paleoradiology, it was possible to learn a lot about how ancient people lived and died.
Jesús Herrerin, along with his colleagues from the United States and Egypt, studied the mummy, which was found in the necropolis of Dra-Abu-el-Naga, located in the “Valley of the Kings”.
Experts noted that the remains are characterized by the times of the XXV dynasty. Initially, experts visually assessed the mummy and then used a portable X-ray machine to get more information.
Most of all, the attention of specialists was attracted by a red shroud made of linen, which covered not only the head of the mummy, but also her body.
The right hand of the deceased was extended and lay next to the body, and the left was bent and strongly pressed to the chest.
In this case, the brush was very strongly deformed. Scientists noticed that the head was tilted down. In this case, the fibula was located in such a way that it became clear that the left foot was turned inward.
The mummy does not have foot bones. Experts found three sticks under the bandages. Two of them were needed in order to keep the body of the deceased woman in an upright position. The third acted as a crutch.
After the study, experts concluded that the woman was faced with a lesion of the right hemisphere of the brain.
Around the age of 25, she could have suffered a stroke, which provoked paralysis of the left side of the body.
However, she lived for several years. The red cloth in the burial may indicate that the deceased had a high social status.
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