2,500-Year-Old Mummy’s Secrets Revealed

2,500-Year-Old Mummy's Secrets Revealed

2,500-Year-Old Mummy's Secrets Revealed

Forensic artists from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or the ATF, worked to create a new image of the restored face of a Egyptian mummy that is estimated to be over 2,500 years old. The image was revealed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently.

The ATF experts worked with a cardiologist from Kansas City and a curator from the museum to analyze and interpret the physical features of the mummy. The mummy has been named Ka-i-nefer, and is part of the new Egyptian themed galleries that have be installed at the Museum.

Special agents Robert “Randy” Strode and Sharon Whitaker took over three months to develop the image. A high tech computer program, called the Electronic Facial Identification Technique Program, was use to create the composite image. This system creates the most realistic and successful images from facial bones and structures. These images are used by law enforcement agents for many reasons, but this is the first time the system has been used to create a facial image of a mummy.

ATF agents work on many special criminal cases of interesting and unusual origins, but never have they worked on a archelogical case like this. The bureau was proud to be able to use their new technology to discover the face of this 2,500 year old mummy and find out more about the past of the human race.

The team working on the mummy discovered other interesting clues and general information about the man who became the mummy known as Ka-i-nefer. He appears to have lived to 45 or 55 years of age, and stood around 5 feet, 5 inches tall. His modern shoe size would be a men’s 7. A long term and painful bone infection was noted in one of his legs, and the team was surprised at the good condition of his teeth.


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