Scientists figured out how to read ancient mummy texts without destroying their glorious boxes
Archaeologists often have to walk a very thin line between studying historical artifacts and preserving them in as pristine of condition as possible. For researchers studying ancient Egyptian mummies, that line is often quite blurry, but a new breakthrough scanning technique is offering the ability to examine 2,000-year-old documents used in the construction of decorative mummy boxes without having to actually destroy the boxes themselves.
You've no doubt seen the impressive burial boxes many mummies have been found in — often decorated with a vague human likeness and featuring exaggerated features and lots of fancy designs — but you may not have realized that the boxes themselves can actually hold plenty of secrets. Many were built out of papyrus, a thick paper-like material, and much of the papyrus that was used in mummy box construction was previously used for all sorts of documents. Now, archaeologists have figured out how to read those incredibly old writings without tearing the box to shreds.
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