Researchers in late January this year said they mimicked the voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy.
According to a report, they recreated the vocal tract of the mummy. They used medical scanners, 3D printing, and an electronic larynx.
This technique allowed them to produce a single sound—somewhere between the vowels in “bed” and “bad.”
The tone is not the exact replication of the speech of Egyptian Priest Nesyamun. They said the tongue lost much of its bulk over 3,000 years ago.
Nesyamun lived during the reign of Pharoah Ramses XI (c.1099–1069 B.C.). He worked as a scribe and priest at the state temple of Karnak in Thebes, the modern Luxor.
Researchers said his voice was an essential part of his ritual studies as he always spoke in his work and sung different elements.
They used a non-destructive CT scan to know the significant part of the structure of the larynx and the throat of Nesyamun remained intact as a result of the mummification process.
This allowed them to measure the vocal tract shape from CT images.
Meanwhile, Rudolf Hagen, an ear, nose and throat expert at the University Hospital in Wuerzburg, Germany, expressed skepticism in the study.
He said he even “cutting-edge” medicine struggles to give living people without thorax a normal voice.
For John Schofield, the co-author of the study, said this gives early steps to help people interpret historical heritage.