Down to earth: Virtual autopsy

3 December, 2012 - 09:51

A 23,000-year-old mummy will feel the touch of modern technology, literally. Using Swedish technology, visitors to London’s British Museum will be able use an interactive touch screen to examine the body of Gebelein Man, one of the museum’s oldest mummies. Man was buried in around 3,500 BC in Egypt and was discovered in 1896.

The digital autopsy table has come courtesy of the Interactive Institute and Visualization Center based in Norrkoping, Sweden.

The museum’s spokesperson David Hughes said, “The system has enabled not just remarkable new revelations about one of the British Museum’s most iconic mummies, but also brings the thrill of discovery straight to the gallery for the public.”

Down to earth, November 30, 2012