Magic study: listen to the sound of the mummy
Magic study: listen to the sound of the mummy
How can this be restored?

Last week, an interesting study: restoring the possible sound of a mummy when he was alive.

how do you know the voice of a mummy who has been dead for so long? Here, the researchers selected a mummy whose vocal organs, soft tissue and bones were well preserved (the mummy was Nesyamun, a priest who died around 1100 BC) and took him to do a fine CT tomography to understand the 3D structure of the vocal tract. Next, based on what CT learned about the structure, the researchers copied a vocal model with the same structure in 3D printing.

the 3D model looks like this:

then the researchers put an electronic sound source in the "throat" of the model and let the sound come out through the vocal tract model, thus simulating the "sound of a mummy". However, because they do not have information on how the vocal organs move in different pronunciations, this simulation can only produce a single syllable and cannot really say a paragraph.

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Let's listen to the "mummy sound" in the paper:

the sound is very short, and it's over after a hum. I can tell you responsibly that it doesn't sound scary at all, and even a little cute _ (: cute "∠) _

author David Howard says that they have considerable confidence in the authenticity of the reproduction, because previous tests on living people using the same method have shown that the sound reproduced by the model is more consistent with the original sound. I wonder if this kind of synthetic sound will be added to the museum display in the future.