A group of researchers used computed tomography (CT) scan to examine the inside of the old Egyptian cat mummy kept in the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes, in France. (Credit: Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes)
Scanned from an old cat, the mummy revealed that the 2,500-year-old cat-called at rest in the container without any animals. Instead, the most recent was held in which the partial remains of three cats, according to new findings.
In the ancient Egypt, the cat mummies were very common, and archaeologists have found dozens of cat mummies in burials. In ancient Egypt, pets were often buried with their owners. The desire to preserve the animals as a sacrifice to the gods, led to the creation of an entire industry, and for the mummification of the more than 70 million dogs, according to the previous, Live Science reports.
A group of researchers recently analyzed the 2,500-year old Egyptian cat mummy, which was a part of the collection at the musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France. The scientists carried out a computed tomography (CT) scan a type of X-ray and to burn what was inside the mummy, without the extract, and they are made of 3D and digital, and the transparent 3D-printed reconstruction of the mummy.
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The scans showed that the use of this ancient mummy has been full of a few surprises as well. In place of the cat’s head, and the mom was holding a ball of dust. It was the lack of a place of a skull, vertebrae, and ribs, and instead, it kept the five-leg bones of cats and dogs, according to a statement released by the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), France. The bones have been decomposed and riddled with holes made by the corpse-eating insects, he said Théophane Nicolas, a researcher at the Inrap, which is part of the project.
“The cat mummies have been found in very large quantities-sometimes in very degraded states, and will be returned to the state, and the growth of the bones,” Nicolas told Live Science. However, sometimes what you see on the outside is not what you get on the inside, ” he said. While some of the animal mummies have been completed; others are empty or have only fragments of animal bones.
What’s more, because of the greater mummies are preserved, as offerings to the gods were sold for a lot of money, a lot of the adjustments that were made to appear larger than the animal itself, and some of it doesn’t contain animal remains. Instead, they were stuffed with organic materials like leather and stones, according to the previous, Live Science reports.
It is not clear why de Rennes, a cat mummy held the partial remains of cats and dogs, but some of the researchers are of the opinion that it was part of an old scam, which is organised by unscrupulous priests,” Nicholas said in a statement. The priests were able to have a “turn to the scale of the preparations, it is impossible to detect by the human eye for the rituals, which “progressively led to fear, which is the cat form is one of the apparent reality outside of its actual content,” he told Live Science.
However, Nicolas and his team don’t think that’s necessarily the case at all. We believe, however, that there are many ways to make the animal fear,” he said in a statement.
The group of scientists have mapped the internal and the reconstruction in 3D, and the 3D-printed model of the mummy. This glowing object was presented last month in Sweden, during the European heritage days in the 2019 event, and will be on display for people to see at the musée des Beaux-Arts in France.
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Originally published on Live Science.