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Imaging the Past: Nondestructive Analysis of an Egyptian Mummy

Theburialsofancientpeoplecanprovideasmuchinformationabout acultureasitsruinedbuildings.Whileabodyrevealsthemedical historyofanindividual,itsclothes,jewelry,andweaponstellthe archaeologistsomethingaboutitssocialandeconomicstatusinsociety.Adeliberatelyembalmedbody,ormummy,addsanotherdimension:thearchaeologistmusttrytofindouthowandwhythebody waspreserved,andwhethertheembalmingreflectsbeliefinan afterlife.