Scientists have been forced to speak an ancient mummy

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2020-01-25 21:00:08

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Scientists have been forced to speak an ancient mummy

After 3000 years of ancient Egyptian priest's voice was again heard.

Modern technology make it easy to pass the information on «air», we move in space at tremendous speeds and even create new types . Becoming more and more sophisticated technology allow modern man faster and faster to capture previously unexplored field of knowledge, the learning outcomes of which could be quite surprising to our ancestors. Another such event in the promotion of technological progress became a special scan, which was held by the ancient mummified Egyptian priest in order to hear his voice again.

As the voice of the mummy?

According to an article published on the portal , scientists from Britain managed to conduct a detailed medical scan of the remains, previously owned by an ancient Egyptian priest. Through the study of biological material, the experts reconstructed the voice tract known mummies Nesyamun, which is now in the Museum of the city of Leeds.

By using medical images, scientists have created a 3D model of the internal structure of the mouth and throat of the mummy, and then recreated them on a 3D printer. The resulting vocal tract was combined with an artificial larynx in order to recreate the true sound voice Nesyamun. It is worth noting that the last time his voice was hear in the 11th century BC.

Despite the fact that scientists managed «force» speak a mummy, in the process of rebuilding there are several difficulties. For example, a true-sounding voice was heavily distorted due to the predicament of the head of the mummy and, of course, changes under the action of time could not fail to aggravate the situation. Experts suggest that the specific location of the vocal tract have been caused not by a desire to pronounce any vowel before death, but rather consistent with the required position of the neck during the burial.

reconstruction of the voices belongs to the ancient Egyptian priest Nesyamun

It is Known that previous attempts to reproduce the ancient voices could only about «animate» facial structure, resorting to computer simulation. Now the sound of the voice of a mummy, preserved for three millennia, was based on an existing voice path.

The Priest Nesyamun at the moment is one of the most studied artifacts that have been preserved since the times of ancient Egypt. Nesyamun was still living during the reign of the 20th dynasty Egyptian king Ramesses XL. He managed to work his way up to «Haskovo priest» at Karnak, which at the time was a fairly high rank. This rank was allowed to come to the statues of Amun, who was considered the most prominent of the gods.

It is Assumed that the death of an ancient Egyptian priest at the age of 50 years was due to a severe allergic reaction. It is known that the inscription on Nesyamun, which said that the priest hopes «appeal to the gods after death» scientists have interpreted as a desire Nesyamun to speak after death, which was done after a few thousand years after the death of the priest.

Experts hope that continued improvement in technology and knowledge about language will help to restore a more long passages of the speech of the Egyptian priest.

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