Illinois hospital plans scan of Egyptian mummy

March 29, 2011

The Associated Press

From original X-rays, it was established that the mummy was a child aged 7-9 at the time of death.

An Urbana hospital will use its CT scan equipment to take a closer look at a roughly 1,900-year-old mummy that belongs to the University of Illinois.

Carle Foundation Hospital scanned the Egyptian mummy in 1990 and found that it was a child with its organs still intact.

But the hospital says the scan it has planned for Tuesday will use more modern equipment that could tell whether the child was a boy or girl and perhaps how the child died.

The mummy is kept at the Spurlock Museum on the University of Illinois' campus. The mummy is apparently from the Roman era and the child died before reaching puberty.