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Mummy Scan Reveals Spatula Lodged In Skull
A scan of an ancient mummy has shown that the person's brains had been scooped out with a spatula.
Researchers at the British Museum made the grim find after the scan showed the instrument had been left lodged in the skull of the body of the man, from Thebes in modern-day Egypt.
The body is believed to have been mummified around 600 BC.
The image of the man's mummified body clearly shows the spatula in his head and a series of dental abscesses that would have given him bad toothache.
The mummy is part of a new exhibition at one of London's most famous museums that also features the remains of a female singer called Tamut who lived in the same area in around 900 BC and whose high status was reflected in her body being buried with jewellery.
Her scan showed she had suffered from blocked arteries - the blockage may have contributed to her death.
They are among eight mummies examined with advanced CT scanners that produce high-resolution data.
The data can be turned into 3D images using software originally designed to make cars.
The museum's director Neil MacGregor said: "This new technology is truly ground-breaking, allowing us to reconstruct and understand the lives of eight, very different, individuals.
"This is a project which has only been made possible through recent technological advances and I am delighted that the museum is at the forefront of this kind of research and presentation."
The exhibition starts on May 22 and lasts until November 30.
The museum started x-raying its mummies in the 1960s and used CT scanners for the first time in the 1990s.