X-ray of the head and upper body
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Forensic anthropologists use a careful examination of bone and the history of its growth, especially of the teeth, to uncover clues to both age and sex of a subject. This mummy’s skull and dentition suggests that this individual was a male between 20 and 30 years old at the time of death.

The researchers attempted to examine the inside of the skull with a video endoscope through an area over the nasal region where the wrappings had been partially removed, but were unable to do so because of the presence of sand.

The X-rays revealed that the bones of the upper body were disarticulated, with the ribs and vertebrae out of position and widely dispersed, suggesting that the mummy had been stored for a long time in an upright position, causing the skeleton to separate. The X-rays also showed a fracture of the left ankle.