An ancient Egyptian
canopic jar, which has kept its secrets under wraps since 1400bc,
is to be opened by scientists at the University of Birmingham,
Canopic jars, part of the ancient Egyptian
mummification process, were used to store the vital organs of a
Mummy. Liver, lungs, intestine and stomach were removed, treated,
wrapped in impregnated linen and stored in four canopic jars that
were buried with the individual.
Though many of these jars have
survived, few have retained the original contents. Hieroglyphics
tell the experts from the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity
that these are the remains of Puia who died in the period of the
New Kingdom approx. 1400BC.
The jar has been scanned and shown to
contain "something" - the University's Dr Gillian
Shepherd, along with local medical experts, will open the jar in
front of the Research TV cameras!