New tests may determine whether Conn. museum’s Egyptian mummy had gift for the gods in bellyBy John Christoffersen, AP
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tests may shed light on Conn. museum’s Egypt mummy
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Connecticut researchers are using the latest imaging technology on an Egyptian mummy to try to unlock secrets of the ancient world, including whether a mysterious packet inside her was an offering to the gods to help secure a place in the afterlife.
The high-resolution testing Thursday at Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-uh-pee-ak) University also may determine the age at which the woman died and whether she gave birth.
The mummy is known as Pa-Ib (py eeb) and is believed to be about 4,000 years old. She’s being transported in a coffin complete with a police escort from the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport to the university’s campus in North Haven.
Researchers are trying to determine if bundles in the abdomen and pelvis cavities contain a bird mummy or are organs.