British scientists have recreated the voice Nesyamun ancient Egyptian priest who lived over 3000 years ago. To do this, they have scanned on the CT scan of his mummy and made a model of his vocal apparatus, which is then connected to the speaker.
The results of their work are described in an article published in the journal Nature.
A group of researchers under the direction of David Howard from the University of London and John Schofield of York University has made scans of the head and neck of the Egyptian priest Nesyamun, who died at Pharaoh Ramesses XI in around 1100 BC.
The name of the Egyptian priest, inscribed on his sarcophagus
Then, on the basis of the obtained image on the computer reconstructed model of the vocal apparatus of man, which is then printed on a 3D printer at actual size.
The resulting “snapshot” in the form of a tube mounted on speaker and recorded the sound output from a 3D-printed “mouth”. Scientists have obtained a sound that resembles a vowel is a medium between that which is obtained by pronouncing the English words bad and bed.
The sound of the “voice of the mummy”. Video: YouTube/ LiveScience
The authors point out its shortcomings. First, Nesyamun was mummified with his head thrown back up, which affects the shape of the vocal tract and the resulting sound. Besides, the mummies are not preserved part of the tongue and soft palate, which can also distort the sound.