Egyptian scientists using three-dimensional computed tomography have recreated the appearance of Pharaoh Amenhotep I from his mummy. The results of their research were published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Medicine.
The mummy of Amenhotep I, found in 1881 in Luxor, is one of the few royal mummies still not deployed. She has survived almost in its original form: perfectly swaddled, decorated with flower garlands and with a graceful, stone-inlaid mask on her face. With the help of modern technologies, scientists managed to virtually “unfold” the mummy and look inside the burial shroud.
It turned out that the pharaoh was about 35 years old at the time of his death, his height was 169 cm. According to the professor of Cairo University Sahar Salim, Amenhotep I outwardly resembled his father, Pharaoh Ahmose I. “He had an oval face with a narrow chin, a thin nose, and sunken cheeks, slightly protruding front teeth and curly hair. Amenhotep’s teeth are well preserved. Many royal mummies had bad teeth, but Amenhotep I had good teeth. His brain, unlike other pharaohs, has not been removed. The mummy has 30 amulets, including a gold belt embroidered with beads, ”said Ms. Salim.
Scientists have found no signs of violent death or pathological changes in the body. The mummy suffered several posthumous injuries, probably caused by the tomb robbers and then healed by the priests of the XXI dynasty to restore the original appearance of the mummy.