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Image Gallery: The Faces of Egyptian Mummies Revealed

Painful death

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(Image credit: Courtesy Victoria Lywood.)

This reconstruction is of a young mummified man, also in the museum's collection, who died in his twenties or early thirties. He lived a few centuries earlier than the other mummies, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Greek kings. He had severe dental problems as well, having multiple cavities including one that caused a sinus infection, possibly killing him. CT scans show that in his last days he had linen packing, dipped in medicine, inserted into one of his cavities to try and ease his pain.