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Published: 13 May 2015

By Andy Ross

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The mummies of Ancient Egypt

Have you seen the Horizon programme on iPlayer about Ancient Egyptian mummies? 

Despite some grisly details, (be warned!) this fascinating programme shows how new medical advances in scanning technology are helping science to explore millions of linen wrapped, mummified animals. The detail that is revealed is astonishing and has allowed us to expand our understanding of why some of the mummies are almost empty and challenged what we think we knew about others. The scans can penetrate the outer linen covers to show what lies beneath, showing us the contents of these votive offerings in incredible detail. Well worth a watch.