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Brain-removal tool left in mummy's skull

Posted on Saturday, 15 December, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: the L

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Researchers have discovered a tool used by ancient Egyptian embalmers within the skull of a mummy.

The removal of the brain was a common step in ancient Egyptian mummification techniques however it is rare for the embalmers to have left a tool such as this behind after the procedure was completed. The tool was discovered through the use of CT scans designed to examine the interior of the resin-filled brain cavity. An endoscope was then used to take a closer look.

"We cut it with a clamp through the endoscope and then removed it from the skull," said lead researcher Dr. Mislav Cavka. "It almost definitely would have been used in excerebration [brain removal] of the mummy."

"A brain-removal tool used by ancient Egyptian embalmers has been discovered lodged in the skull of a female mummy that dates back around 2,400 years."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 15 December, 2012, 19:44
Just a guess ,but given the small boney holes they had to work with ,I'm betting instruments got stuck ,so they just left them there . I would say its more likely than they forgot it .
Comment icon #8 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 15 December, 2012, 19:46
Just a guess ,but given the small boney holes they had to work with ,I'm betting instruments got stuck ,so they just left them there . I would say its more likely than they forgot it . The canopic jars . They were for specific organs,and buried with the mummy .,inside the tomb .
Comment icon #9 Posted by lightly on 15 December, 2012, 19:53
.. uh, has anyone seen my brain scooper? .. oh well , let's finish up and go get a beer.
Comment icon #10 Posted by the L on 15 December, 2012, 20:07
There you go. Thanks Simbi.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 15 December, 2012, 20:19
I could make a comment about ancient Egyptian lawyers and malpractice suits, but I digress.....
Comment icon #12 Posted by Joe2112 on 15 December, 2012, 21:53
Must of been done on a Friday.
Comment icon #13 Posted by King Fluffs on 16 December, 2012, 8:28
I bet that must have been unusual to see.
Comment icon #14 Posted by wolfknight on 17 December, 2012, 13:12
Damn that had to hurt. bet that mummy had a headache lol
Comment icon #15 Posted by MistressBear on 8 January, 2013, 14:23
The jars are called canopic jars. They were used to hold the mummified organs of the deceased. They were removed from the body due to the amount of water they retain. The body needs to be completely dried out for the preservation process to work. I love to read about Egyptology and found this book very interesting ! by

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