n Akroterion - Looking inside votive creatures : computed tomography (CT) scanning of ancient Egyptian mummified animals in Iziko museums of south Africa : a preliminary report

Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The ancient Egyptians mummified many more animals than humans. The study of ancient Egyptian animal mummies is varied and extensive. Currently new methodologies and modern technology are being used to unlock the secrets of animal mummies. Recently five animal mummies housed in the Egyptian collection of Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town were scanned using a state of the art computed tomography (CT) scanner at Stellenbosch University. Preliminary results revealed two complete bird skeletons,a claw, a fake and the partial skeleton of what appears to be a cat.

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