When archaeologists lifted the lid on a coffin that had been stored at Sydney University for 150 years, they got an enormous surprise!
They had no idea the 2,500-year-old coffin (known as Mer-Neith-it-es’ coffin) was filled with human remains.
Since then, researchers have been piecing together the ancient mystery using the latest in 3D scanning technology from WYSIWYG 3D. The company captured 34992310 polygons and 2684354560 bit texcels and was able to stitch every pixel and polygon together to create an accurate and detailed digital representation of the mummy for archival records.
These days it’s very unusual for a mummy to be excavated because it’s considered unethical to disturb human remains. But the artefacts inside this coffin were in desperate need of preservation.
Mer-Neith-it-es’ coffin, along with several other Egyptian artefacts, is owned by the Nicholson Museum – the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. Now opened to the public, the display shows the work done by the team to try to discover who is inside the mysterious coffin.