A CT scan has discovered the decapitated head of an ancient Egyptian mummy found in an attic in Kent, England, and it belongs to a woman who lived at least 2,000 years ago.
Researchers fromCanterbury Christ Church University claim the head was brought back from Egypt as a souvenir in the nineteenth century.
Initial X-rays taken at Canterbury Christ Church University suggested the head was a female adult, and a further CT scan was scheduled to learn more.
Researchers claim that a poor diet had worn down the woman's teeth, but her tongue was well preserved.
Researchers speculated that wire from the left nostril and the mummy's spinal canal had been made of unknown material, and it was unclear if this was of ancient origin or more recent.
In the mummification process, the brain appeared to have been removed.
The origins of the head, which was gifted to the Canterbury Museums and Galleries collection in a glass case, remain a mystery.
"The head was discovered in the attic of a house in Kent that was being cleared out following the death of the owner," said James Elliott, a diagnostic radiography lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and senior radiographer at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
"In the Victorian period, items like this used to be brought back from Egypt as souvenirs, and may have been passed down through generations to the person who owned it."
Craig Bowen, Canterbury Museums, galleries' collections, and learning manager, told Kent Online: "The head was discovered by a guy who inherited it from his brother."
"It is believed that the brother got it from a 'Dr Coates' sometime in the early/mid twentieth century, but we do not have any more information."
"The scan provides a vast amount of information, from dental status to pathologies to the preservation method," said Elliott, who conducted the study.
Elliott said that the team intended to use scanned data to create a three-dimensional representation of the head and a possible facial reconstruction.
Researchers have been able to better understand ancient Egyptian customs due to the advancement of CT technology.
Business Insider published this story at its original publication.
More from Business Insider
The answer to the question is: