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Jan 14, 2010 8:55 AM by Associated Press

Tests may shed light on museum's Egypt mummy

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.

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