Mummy with Mouthful of Cavities Discovered
A 3D reconstruction of the 2,100-year-old mummy's teeth. They were in horrible shape with "numerous" abscesses and cavities, problems that may have resulted in a sinus infection, possibly fatal.
Around 2,100 years ago, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Greek kings, a young wealthy man from Thebes was nearing the end of his life.
Rather than age, he may have succumbed to a sinus infection caused by a mouthful of cavities and other tooth ailments, according to new research on the man’s odd dental filling.
Recently published CT scans of his mummified body allowed researchers to reconstruct details of his final days.
The man, whose name is unknown, was in his 20s or early 30s, and his teeth were in horrible shape. He had “numerous” abscesses and cavities, conditions that appear to have resulted, at some point, in a sinus infection, something potentially deadly, the study researchers said.
The pain the young man suffered would have been beyond words and drove him to see a dental specialist. Dentistry was nothing new in Egypt, ancient records indicate that it was being practiced at least as far back as when the Great Pyramids were built. Dental problems were also not unusual, the coarsely ground grain ancient Egyptians consumed was not good for the teeth.
You can read the full article via Yahoo News here.
You Might Also Like...
"A green polder countryside with cows, ditches, farmhouses and windmills, boundless vistas, vibrant bulb fields and panoramic river and dune landscapes: every facet of the Dutch landscape can ...
Jasper Johns, Map, 1960
Encaustic on printed paper, mounted on board, 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Collection of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration ...
A towering Fernando Botero sculpture and a painting by Mexican master Rufino Tamayo lead Latin American art auctions this week, which could benefit from strong demand seen in earlier art ...
To coincide with the auction house’s 25-year anniversary, Villa Grisebach was entrusted with the largest number of works of art to date. 1,463 paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and photographs will ...
The Saint Louis Art Museum presents its latest New Media Series installation, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: Single Wide. The video will be on view in Gallery 301 through March 25, 2012.
With exhibitions at over 10 galleries, a collaborative exhibition held by the five members of the Japanese Art Dealers Association, auctions at two houses, the opening of Japan Society’s Deco ...
A vast labyrinth of 250,000 books, entitled aMAZEme, has been installed on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall between 31 July – 25 August, as part of Southbank ...
The Renoir painting that caused a sensation when it was bought at a flea market for $7 may have been stolen from a museum six decades ago, and an auction ...
The Dutch Landscape at De Hallen Haarlem Museum
Exhibition Features The Private Collection Of Robert Rauschenberg
Tamayo Painting To Lead Sotheby’s Latin American Sale
Villa Grisebach Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Biggest Sale
Saint Louis Art Museum Presents New Media Series
Japanese Art Has Strong Sales and Attendance During
Brazilian Artists Create Colossal Labyrinth Using 250,000 Books
Renoir Bought for $7 at Flea Market May