Two ancient Egyptian sarcophagi were believed to contain human remains. One of them was thought to be a mummified child as it has the appearance of a “small human”. However, CT scanning revealed a surprise inside! The mummies were not, in fact, human. One of them was a bird representing the god Horus and the other “child-like” mummy, was packed with mud and grains in the shape of the god Osiris.
For many decades, both of these ancient sarcophagi had been part of the National Maritime Museum’s collection and while their origins are unknown, the museum’s official records suggested that they contained mummified hearts. But when a team of archaeologists CT scanned the 3,000-year-old “bird and child-like” mummies at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, the remains of the child-like mummy were found to be a votive offering to Osiris, the Egyptian god of death and lord of the underworld, in the form of a mud and grain packed dummy.