SHAWNEE, OK - For thousand of years, secrets of the mummies have been kept under wraps. But not any more! Anthropologists and radiologists in Oklahoma are working together and using modern science and technology to solve some of the ancient mummy mysteries.
Their mummy subjects include a 24-hundred year-old mummy named TuTu. TuTu's "tomb" mate at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Oklahoma is from the Roman era.
Dane Pollei, Director and Chief Curator at the museum says, "We do believe in their own way, they sought the truth."
Both mummies were transported in climate controlled boxes to Saint Anthony Hospital near Oklahoma City. They were even given a police escort for security reasons. Once at the hospital, they were gently placed on gurneys and wheeled in for x-rays.
Radiologist Ryan Skinner said, 'He or she has waited a long time for this."
Pollei added, "We think Tutu`s internal organs were taken out, mummified and then returned to the chest cavity."
Now researchers will know for sure by using a 64-slice CT scanner and anthropologists believe both mummies are female, but again, the huge scanner will confirm that, too. Plus, they are able to build a 3-D model of what the mummy looks like.
The high doses of radiation will not harm the mummies in the least, but will allow researchers to take an in-depth look.