ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Curators and radiologists got a closer look at what may have killed three of the St. Louis Art Museum’s most-prized possessions.

Three Egyptian mummies – dating back to between 300 and 1300 BC – received CT scans from Washington University radiologists.

“All three mummies were very different, and we were surprised by the things we saw in all three of them,” says Washington University radiologist Dr. Michelle Miller-Thomas.

Miller-Thomas says one mummy wore a ceremonial headdress complete with beads.

“That same mummy was also very usual because she still had her brain in tact,” she says. “For the mummification process … traditionally … brains were removed from the mummies.”

Miller-Thomas says the mummy was younger than the other two and may have died from a severe head injury.

Another mummy, a man, was much shorter than the others, which Miller says was because of some severe spine fractures she believes may have come after death by ancient grave robbers.

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