Stories of mummified children are being unraveled as scientists and researchers perform CT scans on two mummified children.
Research on the mummified bodies is being conducted at the St. Bernward Hospital in Hildesheim, Germany, for an exhibition that will take place in Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum Hildesheim . The exhibition is scheduled for August 12-18 in 2016, according to Egypt Independent.
The museum aims to reveal the mummies and the variety of traditions of mummification techniques from many different areas such as Egypt, China and Peru.
Researchers are in hopes that the scans will provide a new understanding of preservation techniques, how to embalm bodies and different diseases as well as provide the exact age of the mummified children.
The data that have already been collected and interpreted made it possible from scientists to reconstruct the life stories of both mummies and their living conditions. However, the genders of the bodies have not been released to the public.
One of the bodies goes back to the Greek-Roman occupation of Egypt and was missing an arm, which was later reconstructed during the embalming procedure. Researches have also found traces of facial treatment which could be an indicator that the child had suffered injuries or had facial disfigurement and deformities.
The other mummy was buried in 2,000 BC during the Middle Kingdom era in ancient Egypt. Researches thought of this mummified body as "unusual" considering the fact that it was found in a mummy case, something that was out of date at the time. The mummy is also in poor condition, and scientists are trying to determine why the body was so decomposed before the mummification and burial process began.