Researchers to Unwrap the Mysteries of Child Mummy Using Advanced Technology


Researchers from the University of Chicago’ Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University are applying advanced technology to unwrap the mysterious mummy of an ancient era back to more than 1,800 years ago.

The team of researchers said that an extremely high energy X ray beams of a synchrotron will be providing all the molecular data about what is there inside the little girl’s mummy. The Argonne National Laboratory says that the beams are being used for the first time in such a way.

They examined this rare finding on Monday with the hopes of knowing much more about how did the girl dead. According to the team the wrapped materials can shed a new light on the great ancient Egyptian culture.

Hibbard mummy has been containing the remains of a dead 5-year-old girl, lived in late first century A.D.  Researchers carted the remains off mummy for a session of 24 hours with the help of particle accelerator.

The experiment was performed at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory, which used very high energy x ray beams to probe the composition of material from numerous objects that are deeply embedded inside the mummy without any damages to its remains.

A materials scientist and leading researcher of the project, Marc Walton from the Northwestern University said that, “Our main motivation is to use the physical sciences to be able to unpack the technology of art. We’re trying to get into the mind of the artist to understand why they’re making certain choices based upon the economics of the materials, their physical structure, and then use that information to be able to rewrite history.”

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