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    X-Ray Technology Is Changing the Future of Mummies

    Ancient Egyptians preserved more than bodies. For years, archaeologists have committed the unthinkable in search of knowledge: picking apart mummies’ cases to hunt for cultural clues in the writing on cartonnage, the “papyrus mâché” scraps recycled to mummify middle-class people. But now, X-rays are suddenly opening up a whole new field of research into a culture that’s fascinated us for centuries. These imaging tools can read ink on papyrus without pulling the cartonnage apart, which could spark new demand for high-tech Egyptologists.

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