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Egypt digitally "unwraps" the mummy Pharaoh Amenhotep II

New mummification techniques discovered by researchers for Pharaoh Amenhotep I, whose rule dates back as far as the 1500s BC.

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Egypt digitally "unwraps" the mummy Pharaoh Amenhotep II

Egypt digitally "unwrapped” the mummy of the famed Pharaoh Amenhotep, making it available to the world for the first times since 1881.

Researchers discovered new mummification techniques for the pharaoh who ruled between 1525 and 1504 BC thanks to advanced digital 3D imaging.

Sahar Saleem, an Egyptian professor of radiology at Cairo University and Zahi Hawass, a renowned Egyptologist, led the research, the ministry of tourism and antiquities stated in a Tuesday statement.

It said that Saleem and Hawass used advanced CT scanning technology, X-ray technology, and advanced computer software programs to digitally wrap the mummy.

"The Egyptian study revealed the face of King Amenhotep 1 and his health conditions. It also revealed many secrets about the unique mummification process and reburial.

Analyses revealed that Amenhotep 1 was the first to be mummified with arms crossed, and the last to not have his brain removed from his skull.

A tomography scan revealed that the pharaoh had died at 35 after he was injured or became ill.

The only mummy found in Luxor in southern Egypt is one that has not had its tight bands removed by archaeologists. This was to preserve the mask and garlands with flowers around it, which are similar to hair.

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