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245-year-old mummy given CT scan

A 245-year-old mummy has been giving a non-invasive CT scan to determine his state of preservation and see what injuries or disease he must have suffered from.

The mummy, Michael Orlovits, was born in Vac, Hungary, in 1765. He is currently one of a three-member mummy family on loan to the California Science Center in Los Angeles from the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest.

The scan was organised by California Science Center researchers in collaboration with the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany.

The scientists hope the increasingly hi-tech study of mummies will provide a window into the lives of ancient people and civilizations around the world.

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