Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Brain-removal tool left in mummy's skull


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


Image credit: Jon Bodsworth

 
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."

  View: Full article |  Source: Live Science

  Discuss: View comments (15)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by the L on 15 December, 2012, 19:30
I believe that they also removed all the organs as well prior to mummification. Egyptology isnt my field there is another members here with far greater knowledge then mine. But it was a long time ago when I was in Egypt and as I remembered we have one Student who study to become Egyptologist from Slovenia who told us that they used special vases for special organs. I dont know much about mummication process. Here are some of those vases from museum in Zagreb. http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/gallery/images/5814/zagreb-museum http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/gallery/images/5813/zagreb-m... [More]
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 . Egyptology isnt my field there is another members here with far greater knowledge then mine. But it was a long time ago when I was in Egypt and as I remembered we have one Student who study to become Egyptologist from Slovenia who told us that they used special vases for special organs. I dont know much about mummication process. Here are some of those vases from museum in Zagreb. http://www.unexplained-mysterie... [More]
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
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 . http://www.ancienteg...tory/page7.html 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
Egyptology isnt my field there is another members here with far greater knowledge then mine. But it was a long time ago when I was in Egypt and as I remembered we have one Student who study to become Egyptologist from Slovenia who told us that they used special vases for special organs. I dont know much about mummication process. Here are some of those vases from museum in Zagreb. http://www.unexplain...4/zagreb-museum http://www.unexplain...3/zagreb-museum http://www.unexplain...2/zagreb-museum Those with animal caps such as Horus vase. The jars are called canopic jars. They were used to hold... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
'Maerdy Monster' is new species of millipede
3-28-2017
Scientists in the UK have discovered a previously unknown species of millipede at an old Welsh coal mine.
Australia's own 'Jurassic Park' discovered
3-27-2017
Scientists have identified a site containing thousands of footprints from 21 different dinosaur species.
Creepy face caught peering out of empty car
3-27-2017
A car enthusiast got quite a surprise when he reviewed a recent photograph he'd taken of his vehicle.
1,200ft-wide UFO reported over Gulf of Mexico
3-26-2017
A crew member of an offshore supply ship claimed the object was 'five times the size' of his vessel.
Other news in this category
4,000-year-old tomb is unearthed in Egypt
Posted 3-24-2017 | 5 comments
The unopened tomb was discovered by archaeologists during a Spanish archaeological mission in West Aswan....
 
Pyramid-shaped tomb is unearthed in China
Posted 3-21-2017 | 22 comments
A mysterious 2,000-year-old tomb with a pyramid-like shape has been found beneath a construction site....
 
'Big discovery' as statue unearthed in Egypt
Posted 3-10-2017 | 11 comments
Archaeologists have confirmed the discovery of a 3,000-year-old Ramses II statue within a Cairo slum....
 
4,000-year-old structure found in Galilee
Posted 3-6-2017 | 14 comments
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient table-like stone structure inscribed with mysterious artwork....
 
King Tut's tomb to undergo third set of scans
Posted 2-27-2017 | 37 comments
A new team is set to attempt a last-ditch effort to find evidence of a secret chamber in the tomb....
 
New Dead Sea Scrolls cave found in Israel
Posted 2-9-2017 | 5 comments
The cave, though previously looted of its scrolls, is the first to be discovered in more than 60 years....
 
Mysterious earthworks found in the Amazon
Posted 2-7-2017 | 13 comments
More than 450 large geometrical geoglyphs have been discovered in areas cleared by deforestation....
 
James Cameron finds 'evidence of Atlantis'
Posted 2-1-2017 | 576 comments
The famed movie director has linked the discovery of bronze age anchors to the legend of Atlantis....
 
Lost kingdom of Rheged found in Scotland
Posted 1-20-2017 | 8 comments
Archaeologists believe that they have located the site of a lost kingdom dating back to the Dark Ages....
 
Hidden wall discovered near Egyptian city
Posted 12-26-2016 | 3 comments
Archaeologists have unveiled a hidden wall that may indicate the presence of nearby pharaonic tombs....
 
Evidence of prehistoric plant cooking found
Posted 12-20-2016 | 3 comments
Researchers at the University of Bristol have found cooking pot fragments dating back over 10,000 years....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ