Users can digitally unwrap the mummy of the Egyptian priest Neswaiu
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Digitally unwrapping an Egyptian mummy

New technology allowing museum visitors to digitally unwrap an Egyptian mummy is being used at a museum in Sweden.

Visitors to Stockholm's Medelhavsmuseet, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, can use a virtual autopsy table to open the coffin and peel back the layers of the mummy Neswaiu, a priest who lived in the third century BC in Thebes.

The technology was developed by the Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, and was originally designed for use in hospitals and by medical students.

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