2,600-Year-Old Mummy From Brooklyn Museum Gets CT Scan

'Lady Gauteshenu' Found To Be At Least 16 And Upper Class

MANHASSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An ancient mummy from Egypt was brought to North Shore University Hospital Thursday for a CT scan.

The 2,600-year-old mummy named Lady Gauteshenu was brought to the hospital from the Brooklyn Museum. Her hard casing called a “cartonnage,” has never been opened.

With the help of modern medical equipment, doctors can examine what is  inside the mummy without disturbing the casing.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Doctors perform scan on ancient mummy

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Scan of mummy Lady Gauteshenu (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

“No one has ever physically touched or seen what’s inside the cartonnage,” said Dr. Amgad Makaryus, director of cardiac CT and MRI at North Shore. “The CT scan is a non-invasive technique where we can actually see what’s inside.”

“Of course she was mummified, so she ought to have skin, hair,” Dr. Edward Bleiberg, the curator of Egyptian art at Brooklyn Museum, told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan. “Yes, what you would find on a human body.”

The mummy was not a victim of Egyptian grave-robbing. The Brooklyn Museum purchased it in 1933 when it was legal to acquire antiquities. Since then scholars have dreamed of the day they could confirm decades of research.

Egyptologists believe Lady Gauteshenu was probably from Thebes. The scan shows she was a young woman — at least 16 years of age, reports McLogan — when she died and that her brain was removed during the mummification process.

And her teeth are in pristine condition.

“There was no refined sugar during that period, so they didn’t have all the tooth decay we have today. And when they made bread there was sand that was baked into the bread,” North Shore’s Dr. Jesse Chusid told McLogan.

Eating sandy bread, doctors said, is like brushing with abrasives.

The hospital has scanned about a half-dozen mummies for the museum including the mummy from 700 BC.

Lady Gauteshenu will be on display with pictures of her CT scan at the Brooklyn Museum.

What do you think Lady Gauteshenu died from?  Share your thoughts…

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  • haywood jablowme

    F#ck the world……….save yourself

  • Faye

    What in the world is wrong with you people? This is an interesting scientific story.

  • Rosemarie T. Hayman

    I’m a history buff . I love tracing how we got here from there, yet it bothers me that this local hospital is doing cat scans on mummys! There are real live flesh & blood people without healthcare who’s lives could be helped but for lack of a cat scan or other medical procedure. Do we really need to know the female mummy was at least 16 year old & had great teeth, while someone living may be dying for lack of this same medical exam?

    • KPMc

      It’s a University Hospital… Universities do research. It makes perfect sense. Do you think if they didn’t do the work for the Museum somehow every uninsured person in need of a CT scan would be able to get one?

      The two things really have very little to do with each other.

  • Gregory

    Is it true that she is collecting Social Security?

  • marlboro

    I wonder how hot those Egyptian broads were 2600 years ago. Did they wax back then or was it a giant hair-fest?

  • HooDatIS?

    this witch had to wait a long time to get a doctor to check her out
    she must didnt have the money for her co-pay, god thing president passed the healthcare bill even the mummies can get work done now!
    damn shame
    its my healthcare and I want it now!
    visit my blog

  • Bogie

    I think she died from having her brain removed

  • jerseyjoey

    Hope the poor mummy has good health insurance, that dedutable and loophole will kill you again

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