explore a natural
– 3 March 2013
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Explore a five and a half thousand year-old mummy and discover his long-held secrets, from his age at death to the surprising way that he died using a virtual autopsy table.
Found in around 1896, and known as Gebelein man, the natural mummy was buried in about 3500 BC at the site of Gebelein in Upper Egypt. Wrapped in linen and matting, he was placed in a crouched position in a shallow pit. Direct contact with the hot, dry sand naturally mummified his body, making him one of the best preserved individuals we have from ancient Egypt.
This year, British Museum curators have collaborated with scientists and medical experts to perform a CT scan of the mummy. Detailed images created from the scans’ high resolution X-rays allow us to look inside his body and learn about his life – and death – in ways never before possible.
Gebelein Man, Predynastic period, about 3500 BC
This interactive exhibit is based on medical visualisation technology and research developed and provided by the Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Visualization Center C and the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, Sweden.
We thank Bupa Cromwell Hospital for the CT scan of the mummy.
New technology is allowing us to look inside the mummified body
of a 5,500 year-old Egyptian man to learn more about his life and
6 December 2012
Renee Friedman and Daniel Antoine, curators,
16 November 2012
Daniel Antoine, Curator of Physical Anthropology,