Professors perform high-resolution testing on Egyptian mummy

Pa-Ib Mummy Press Conference at North Haven campus. Professors Jerry Conlogue and Ron Beckett with Kathy Maher, executive director at The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport.
Pa-Ib Mummy Press Conference at North Haven campus. Professors Jerry Conlogue and Ron Beckett with Kathy Maher, executive director at The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport.
Jan. 14, 2010 - Professors Ronald Beckett and Gerald Conlogue, co-directors of the Bioanthropology Research Institute, collaborated with researchers from the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., to transport a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy to campus to do high-resolution testing using imaging equipment at the School of Health Sciences facility on the University's North Haven Campus.

The researchers were trying to determine if the the mummy, known as Pa-Ib, contained a bird mummy inside it. The new CT scanner was able to take images that were eight times the resolution of tests done in 2006. A small camera was also inserted inside the mummy's skull.

After completing the scans, Beckett and Conlogue determined that the packet inside Pa-Ib does not contain a bird mummy; it likely contains organs. The pair will release the full results of the testing later in the year.

Watch videos of the press conference and the mummy examination on the University's YouTube Channel.