JERUSALEM – Israel's national museum says it will put on display later this week a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy that shows signs of some modern-day afflictions.
The museum said on Tuesday that new research conducted on the mummy — Israel's only such relic — shows signs of osteoporosis and tooth decay, illnesses that typically preoccupy today's humans.
CT scans detected the diseases and determined the mummy was a man between 30 and 40 years old at the time of his death. The discovery builds on previous international research on mummies that shows such diseases occurred in ancient times.
The mummy is on loan to Jerusalem's Israel Museum from a Jesuit institution, which received it in the late 1920s. This will be the first time it's put on display in a museum setting.