The ancient Egyptians used to worship cats as sacred, which might explain why Egypt is no longer a world power. In the past, archaeologists could only examine a cat mummy from the outside. However with today’s technology, they may be able to scan the inside of a cat mummy without opening it up. The South Australian Museum is now using CT scans on cat mummies from their collections.
“It’s a technique that can be done on any CT scanner,” says lead author James Bewes, a radiology resident at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, who describes the work in the August issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.