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Scanning for the secrets of mummies

19 May 2014 Last updated at 18:06 BST

The British Museum has carried out scans on eight Egyptian mummies, revealing unprecedented details about the people inside the caskets.

Each mummy was put into a state-of-the-art CT scanner, allowing the scientists to tell their age, what they ate, the diseases they suffered from, and how they died.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

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