Scientists have been forced to speak an ancient mummy

Modern technologies make it easy to transmit information over the air, we move in space at tremendous speeds and even create new types of viruses. Becoming more and more sophisticated technology allow modern man faster and faster to capture previously unexplored field of knowledge, the learning outcomes of which could be quite surprising to our ancestors. Another such event in the promotion of technological progress became a special scan, which was held by the ancient mummified Egyptian priest in order to hear his voice again

As the voice of the mummy?

According to an article published on the portal livescience.comscientists from Britain managed to conduct a detailed medical scan of the mummified remains, previously owned by an ancient Egyptian priest. Through the study of biological material, the experts reconstructed the voice tract known mummies Nesyamun, which is now in the Museum of the city of Leeds.

With the help of medical images, scientists have created a 3D model of the internal structure of the mouth and throat of the mummy, and then recreated them on a 3D printer. The resulting vocal tract was combined with an artificial larynx in order to recreate the true sound voice Nesyamun. It is worth noting that the last time his voice was hear in the 11th century BC.

Despite the fact that scientists managed to “force” the mummy to speak, in the process of rebuilding there are several difficulties. For example, a true-sounding voice was heavily distorted due to the predicament of the head of the mummy and, of course, changes under the action of time could not fail to aggravate the situation. Experts suggest that the specific location of the vocal tract in the mummy was not due to the desire to pronounce any vowel before death, but rather consistent with the required position of the neck during the burial.

It is known that previous attempts to reproduce the ancient voices could only about to “revive” facial design, resorting to computer simulation. Now the sound of the voice of a mummy, preserved for three millennia, were based on the existing vocal tract.

The priest Nesyamun at the moment is one of the most studied artifacts that have been preserved since the times of ancient Egypt. Nesyamun was still living during the reign of the 20th dynasty Egyptian king Ramesses XL. He managed to work his way up to “Haskovo priest” at Karnak, which at the time was a fairly high rank. This rank was allowed to come to the statues of Amun, who was considered the most prominent of the ancient Egyptian gods.

It is assumed that the death of an ancient Egyptian priest at the age of 50 years was due to a severe allergic reaction. It is known that the inscription on the tomb Nesyamun, which said that the priest hopes to “appeal to the gods after death”, the scientists interpreted as a desire Nesyamun to speak after death, which was done after a few thousand years after the death of the priest.