Posted: Jan 14, 2010 6:55 AM by Associated Press
Connecticut researchers are using the latest imaging technology on an Egyptian mummy to try to unlock secrets of the ancient world, including whether a mysterious packet inside her was an offering to the gods to help secure a place in the afterlife.
The high-resolution testing Thursday at Quinnipiac University also may determine the age at which the woman died and whether she gave birth.
The mummy is known as Pa-Ib, and is believed to be about 4,000 years old. She's been transported in a coffin complete with a police escort from the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport to the university's campus in North Haven.
Researchers are trying to determine if bundles in the abdomen and pelvis cavities contain a bird mummy or are organs.