Scans show mummies had hair extensions, ate sand

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 10/25/16.

KUSA - Mummies, they’re just like us. Kind of… but not really.

Earlier this year, two female Egyptian mummies from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science were taken to Children’s Hospital Colorado for a full CT scan.

The results from the scans are back, and they are fascinating. For one, the scans revealed one of the mummies had hair extensions!

The scan allowed scientists to virtually unwrap the mummy and look beneath the surface.

We knew the mummies were thousands of years old, but the newer scans show more exact dates.

“We can now tell you this mummy was mummified sometime from 900 BC and 830 BC,” said Michele Koons, curator of archelogy at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “She was mummified in a way that was typical of this time period. Her organs were removed, wrapped in bundles and reinserted into her cavity.”

Earlier scans in 1998 revealed some sort of bundles under the wrapping.

“We can now say the bundles do have the organs in them and we can tell which bundle is which organ,” Koons said.

The other mummy was mummified about 500 years later.

The scans also revealed images of the mummy’s hygiene.

“We can also see their teeth very clearly and both of their teeth are highly abraded and worn down and this indicates their diets were full of sand and could be pretty common when you live in the desert,” Koons said.

The new CT scans show us both women were mummified in their 30s – a normal life expectancy at the time.

Both mummies came to the U.S. in the early 1900s when a tourist brought them here – it was fashionable at the time to collect mummies and coffins.

If you can’t get enough of mummies, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has an entire mummy exhibit for you to explore.

The collection of mummies comes from the field museum in Chicago.

One mummy from Roman-era Egypt has not been seen in public since 1893. 

It’s very common to think Egyptian mummies are the oldest, but Peruvians and Chileans made the oldest mummies in the world starting 7,000 years ago. 

The exhibit runs through Feb. 5, 2017.

There is an additional fee to enter this exhibit.

You can learn more about the exhibit here: http://bit.ly/2f9OjGS

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