Birmingham Museum's Mummy is a Man: Hospital X-ray scans of three ancient relics from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have turned up a surprise – one of the mummies was a daddy.
Per-Ankh: Ancient Egypt
Birmingham Museum's Mummy is a Man
Birmingham Museum's Mummy is a Man
Birmingham Museum's Mummy is a Man

Hospital X-ray scans of three ancient relics from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have turned up a surprise – one of the mummies was a daddy.

Museum staff teamed up with Stafford Hospital in a bid to understand how three ancient Egyptians, whose bodies were later mummified, died.

But they were left scratching their heads when a body inside the “daughter of Amunkhau” coffin turned out to be that of a man.

The high-tech scans also failed to solve a 1,700-year-old murder mystery as a ‘metallic’ object in the neck of a Graeco-Roman mummy, which historians thought was an arrowhead, was in fact one of three or four fragments – probably metal – lodged in the base of the skull.

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