2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy turns out to be a daddyJune 25th, 2009 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 25 (ANI): The CT scan of a 2,000-year-old mummy in Egypt, who was believed to be a woman, has revealed that the preserved corpse actually belongs to a man.
The mummy has been kept at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
According to a report in Daily News, after decades of billing the preserved body from Egypt as Lady Hor, museum officials got a big surprise when a CT scan revealed the lady was a man.
The mummy, discovered 70 years ago in Thebes, was believed to be a woman because the coffin lacked the beard ornamentation male mummies sport.
The ancient twist came when doctors at North Shore University Hospital ran scans on four mummies and found Lady Hor had a penis and scrotum.
“It’s definitely a man. Physiologically, it’s really clear,” said Edward Bleiberg, curator of Egyptian art at the museum.
“Because the coffin was beardless, we’ve assumed since 1937 that she was a woman. I never even thought twice about it,” he explained.
“This is actually going to revise some of our ideas about how you can tell if a mummy is male or female,” he added.
According to Bleiberg, “This is the kind of thing you can only see on a cat scan, and that’s maybe why nobody has noticed it before.”
“The level of detail we can get with these machines is so much higher. It allows us to see things we never would have been able to,” he said.
Bleiberg said that the scans will add a new dimension to the exhibit for museum visitors.
“From my point of view, we learn something about the basic humanity of ancient Egyptians,” he said. “We realize that the ancient Egyptians are humans, just like we are,” he added. (ANI)
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