Book of the Dead

‘Golden Boy’ mummy CT scans reveal 2,300-year-old burial traditions

The teenage mummy’s coffin was a treasure trove of burial rituals.

The mummy's coffin.

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More than 2,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians mummified the dead through a painstaking process believed to guide souls to the afterlife.

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Though the mummification process can preserve bodies for thousands of years, countless tombs were robbed from the Middle Ages through the 19th Century to turn mummies into sketchy medicine or curios.