Journal article

The advantage of CT scans and 3D visualizations in the analysis of three child mummies from the Graeco-Roman Period

Chiara Villa, Janet Davey, Pamela JG Craig, Olaf H Drummer, Niels Lynnerup

ANTHROPOLOGISCHER ANZEIGER | E SCHWEIZERBARTSCHE VERLAGSBUCHHANDLUNG | Published : 2015

Abstract

Three child mummies from the Graeco-Roman Period (332 BCE - c. 395 CE) were examined using CT scans and 3D visualizations generated with Vitrea 2 and MIMICS graphic workstations with the aim of comparing the results with previous X-ray examinations performed by Dawson and Gray in 1968. Although the previous analyses reported that the children had been excerebrated and eviscerated, no evidence of incisions or breaches of the cranial cavity were found; 3D visualizations were generated showing the brain and the internal organs to be in situ. A larger number of skeletal post-mortem damages were identified, such as dislocation of mandible, ribs, and vertebrae, probably suffered at the time of emb..

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