The mummies and coffin being investigated are:
The project investigates the coffin of Mer-Neith-it-es and the unstudied remains that it contains, including CT scanning the coffin and its contents. In addition, the project has CT scanned the mummies of Padiashiakhet, Meruah and Horus, building on x-ray and CT scanning conducted in 1998–99 and 2009. This research will investigate aspects of biology, genetics, diet, disease, burial practice and processes of mummification. It will also help determine (for Mer-Neith-it-es) and clarify (for Padiashiakhet, Meruah & Horus) age at death and biological sex.
The images and research generated by this project shape the presentation of a dedicated Mummy Room within the Chau Chak Wing Museum. This exhibition will explore how science and archaeology work together to help us better understand the past.