Ancient Egyptian hawk mummy turns out to be sacred ibis

Scientists at Cornell University have studied an embalmed bird that has been

was kept at the university like a mummy of a hawk.X-ray and CT scans showed that there was indeed a bird inside the cocoon. In addition, the remains of soft tissues and bird feathers were found on CT. And the x-ray showed that her leg was broken even before mummification, but the beak, apparently, was damaged after death during the transportation of the mummy.

Based on the analysis of the images, the scientists found thatthe embalmed bird was actually a sacred ibis. It is a clumsy, long-legged bird similar to a stork and a heron, with a black head and black and white wings. Ibis were revered in ancient Egypt, which gave them such a name.

Scientists note that the Egyptians mummified everythingfrom cats and dogs to snakes and baboons, and even crocodiles. Animals that had not yet died of natural causes were killed. As a rule, they were disembowelled, and the bodies were lowered into a boiling vat of resin, which usually burned the bones to dust. However, as noted by the university, this does not apply to the mummy of the bird, since CT showed the remains of the skeleton and soft tissues.

Photo: Ryan Young/Cornell University

Now the researchers are working on a way to create a 3D model of the object, which will not require violating the integrity of the found artifact.

“Most archeology is destructive,” Glich notes. - Once you unearthed something, it was already impossible to restore everything as it was. Once you've unwrapped the mummy, you can't put it back together."

Cover photo: Ryan Young/Cornell University

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