Mosaic X-rays reveal Peruvian mummy mysteries

February 04, 2020


Western researchers, including two undergraduate students, have become pivotal players in developing a mobile X-ray protocol that could transform how mummies are examined in the field.

Anthropology professor Andrew Nelson and his team have pioneered a process to digitize and stitch together X-ray images so that they can non-destructively ‘view’ Peruvian mummy bundles in their entirety. The process will enable other anthropologists to conduct valuable work without damaging the objects.

“Lots of people have X-rayed mummies. But, as far as I know, we’re the first to do the mosaic X-ray technique and do that digitally,” Nelson explained.

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