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  Computer unravels mummy's secrets
Updated 29 June 2004, 16.00
Mummy - The British Museum
Computers and medical machines have been used to create a 3-D model of a mummy - without opening its case.

Experts at the British Museum and computer specialists Silicon Graphics used a hospital X-ray machine to scan Nesperennub, a 2,800-year-old mummy.

In a world first, they have found out loads of information about his health, what he looked like, and that he was in his 40s when he died.

"Mummy: The Inside Story" opens at the museum in London on Thursday.

The museum already knew Nesperennub was a priest because of markings on his case.

They have now produced a reconstruction of his face, so you can really come face-to-face with the past.

Silicon Graphics already have a bit of experience with ancient Egypt - they produced some of the effects for the film The Mummy Returns.

The museum hopes this is only the beginning, and looks forward to investigating even more mummies.

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