Watch our Children's Hospital Radiology team on Horizon - 9pm tonight, BBC2
The Ancient Egyptians
didn't just mummify their dead human ancestors, they also mummified
animals - in their millions.
It's possible up to 70 million animals were mummified and then
buried in underground catacombs at over thirty sites across
At the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital a team of
radiographers and Egyptologists from the Centre for Biomedical
Egyptology at Manchester University have been using the latest
medical imaging technology to scan hundreds of animal mummies,
removed from Egypt during the 19th and 20th centuries.
It's the biggest survey of its kind in history.
Over three nights in Autumn 2014, Horizon filmed around a dozen
of these scans which have made the backbone for a documentary that
tells the strange story of the bizarre role animals played in
ancient Egyptian belief.
Dr Lidija McKnight lead the Manchester team of Radiographers and
Egyptologists. They used a CT Scanner and X-ray machine, that would
normally be used on children, to see beneath the wrappings without
damaging the ancient specimens inside.
This episode of Horizon, which airs at 9pm
tonight on BBC2, meets the scientists working in Egypt who are
exploring the ancient underground catacombs where mummies were
originally buried, and reveals why the ancient Egyptians mummified
millions and millions of animals.
Read the full article here
animal mummies: Egypt's Dark Secret. Horizon, 9pm tonight on