No matter where they are from, the living have always been fascinated by ancient mummies. All their old mysteries, all those tales of curses and powerful myths have been unraveled and explained one by one, each thanks to one of these modern technologies. Here's how scientists did it.
Mummies are well-preserved bodies that have been frozen (sometimes literally) in time. By studying these remnants of the past, we learn about ancient cultures — and bizarre death rituals from history. But how do you get answers out of a mummy? That's a science unto itself.
Though the mummies of Egypt are by far the most well known, they are certainly not the only ones that exist. In fact, archaeologists and others have discovered mummies throughout the world, including in countries such as Chile, Greenland, Italy, Iran and China.