A 2,500-year-old mummified Egyptian cat, which belongs to the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes, France, was dissected with digital technology to learn about the inside of its internal structure. To the surprise of the archaeologists, they found more than they expected.
Museum visitors can see what’s inside the artifact using special glasses.
The scientists underwent a CT scan of the mummified Egyptian cat and then what was collected was processed to make 3D models in real size of the remains. These prospects were then analyzed with virtual reality technology and augmented.
Thanks to this the mummy could become “transparent.” Inside, the specialists found several remains of cats and not just one. However, there was no skull, vertebrae and ribs.
The artifact, whose age is around 2,500 years, is exhibited in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Rennes, in the region of Brittany.
In the place of the head was a textile ball and also five hind legs and three incomplete tails.
“We expected to see a cat and not several, but it may not be so exceptional. There are millions of mummies of animals, but few have been photographed, ”said Theophane Nicolas, one of the researchers at the National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP). “Some are empty, others contain only one bone, sometimes the cat is complete.”
Some researchers believe that it is an old scam organized by unscrupulous priests. However, INRAP scientists think it is another way to make animal mummies.