Boston hospital cleaning 2,500-year-old mummy
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy has come out of his coffin to undergo cleaning and restoration at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“I’m cleaning him with little tiny bits of saliva. I’m just dampening the cotton swab with saliva,” said conservator of objects, Mimi Leveque.
Padee, as he is referred to by the hospital staff, was a gift to the city of Boston in 1823. He has called MGH his home ever since.
“He was the very first mummy to come into the United States,” said Leveque.
Back in March, doctors gave the mummy x-rays and cat scans which had some surprising results.
“His head was put back on with a dowel. Someone actually used a broom handle to put his head back on,” said Leveque.
But they said the tests aren’t done yet.
“We still have a lot to learn from all the scans they have done,” said Leveque.
Those scans should also help experts determine how old Pa-dee actually is.
“We can tell from his teeth that he was older than 25 and from his body. I think there was a guess he might be between 30 and 40,” said Leveque.
As for his exact cause of death, doctors don’t know yet.
“That’s one of the things we are trying to figure out. It’s interesting to observe that his ribs are crushed down and his jaw is pushed back. That’s unreal,” said Leveque.
After his exam the mummy was moved to a custom-built case where he and his coffin will be on display side by side in either dome of the hospital.