What would it have been like to have a mummy locked in a coffin thousands of years ago? The bigger question is, can they be heard again today? Last year, scientists did this and used a special technique to imitate the mummy’s voice. Researchers claim to have used a medical scanner, 3D printing and an electronic vocal tract to imitate the voice of a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy.
In a research published in Scientific Reports magazine in January 2020, researchers said that with the help of the technique, they had succeeded in producing a sound. However, this peculiar sound was ruled out as being an exact imitation of the Egyptian priest Nesymun, whose mummified body the researchers were working with. The priest’s tongue had lost most of its part in three millennia.
Difficult to imitate the exact voice with a clenched tongue
Co-author David M. Howard, from the Royal Holloway College in London, said that we have produced a sound appropriate for the current situation, but we cannot expect an accurate sound given the position of his tongue. Rudolf Hagen, an expert at the University Hospital in Würzburg, Germany, raised doubts about this. He had said that even state-of-the-art medicine struggles to give a ‘normal’ voice to living people without a thorax.
The process of making mummies is 1000 years older than estimated
Egypt has been the first choice of archaeologists mostly because of its centuries-old pyramids, mummies and ancient cultures. Egypt also has an important contribution in removing the veils from the mysteries of history. Researchers estimate that the process of mummification began in ancient Egypt more than 1,000 years earlier than previously estimated. According to a documentary based on the discovery of archaeologists during excavations in Egypt, evidence suggests that this process started earlier than expected.