Researchers have used 3D CT scans to digitally unwrap Pharaoh Amenhotep I. His mummy had not been unwrapped in modern times due to the delicate mask covered with flower garlands. While Amenhotep’s mummy had been opened in the 11th century BC by priests who restored and reburied royal mummies after damage done by grave robbers, this is the first time in over 3000 years his remains have been seen. The study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, revealed that Amenhotep I was the first pharaoh to be mummified with arms crossed and the last not to have had his brain removed from the skull. The researchers also discovered that Amenhotep I was approximately 35 years old at the time of his death, was about 5’6” (169 cm) tall, was circumcised, and had good teeth. He was also found to be wearing 30 amulets and a golden girdle with gold beads. Amenhotep I was the second pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, and ruled from ca 1525-1504 BC during the time the Israelites were slaves in Egypt.
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