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Stanford scanner penetrates mummy’s secrets

A minor priest from ancient Egypt was CT-scanned at Stanford Medical Center, yesterday, in order to determine how he died, what was buried with him and what he looked like.

Scientists have not been able to pinpoint Iret-net Hor-irw’s age when he died or his cause of death. The scanning tests may help them get a little closer. For now, they can only date him to around 500 B.C., just before the Persian conquest, when the last native Egyptian dynasty ruled.

“This is one era which is very poorly understood at this point,” Elias said. “So if this mummy is of that period, which we believe that he is, we’ll be able to begin to write a history that has never been written.”

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