Fleming Museum mummy mystery unwrapped

University researchers have started to uncover a nearly 2,700-year-old mystery. A team of researchers, including Fleming museum anthropologists and Fletcher Allen Heath Care radiologists used CT Scans to determine the mysterious life and death of an Egyptian mummy, according to University Communications. Chief medical examiner Steven Shapiro said the exact cause of death of the mummy has yet to be determined, but hairline fractures were found on the mummy’s skull. Researchers also discovered, through the scans, the way in which the mummy’s brain was removed from its skull, a common practice in ancient Egypt, according to University Communications. “We really pushed the technology available to us here at Fletcher Allen and the University of Vermont to maximize the ability to look inside this mummy in a non-destructive manner,” Dr. Jason Johnson said to University Communications.