Scientists recreate sounds that an old mummies vocal tract would have done – sound

by | Nov 8, 2021 | Science | 0 comments

Listen to a moment of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy

 

David Howard at Royal Holloway, University of London, and his colleagues have reconstructed the vocal tract of Nesyamun, a priest who lived more than 3000 years ago during the reign they have used the reconstruction to reproduce a sound that falls between the English vowel sounds in “bed” and “bad” and resembles a brief groan. The mummy, held at Leeds City Museum, is one of the best-preserved in the UK, says Howard.

Scientists have revived the voice of a mummified Egyptian priest, who died 3,000 years ago, reports the BBC.

The researchers reproduced the voice of Nesyamun’s priests using artificial voice laces.

Prest Nesyamun’s voice is reproduced in the form of a short sound, reminiscent of the whisper of the sheep.

Scientists believe that the priest, who lived in Thebes in the 12th-century f.Kr., under the volatile government of Ramesses XI, would have needed a strong voice for his ritual duties.

Based on the inscriptions that existed in Nesyamun’s tomb, it was found that he was a priest and written. Among the inscriptions decoded on his sarcophagus is his desire to “see and talk to the gods as he did during his robot life.”

They could not reproduce this, but the tone of his voice, using a 3D copy of his vocal tract, which was scanned to determine the exact dimensions. This copy was connected to an electronic larynx to get an artificial voice.

It is probably the first such project to successfully vote a dead person. The researchers hope that in the future they will be able to use computer-generated models to recreate whole sentences with Nesyamun’s voice.

The sound of Nesyamun’s voice was made public after a study coordinated by D.M. Howard, from the Department of Electronic Technology at the University of London, and professors from the archaeology department at York University, J. Schofield, J. Fletcher, and SA Buckley, as well as K. Baxter, from galleries and museums in Leeds, and by GR Iball, from the Medical Physics Department of Leeds school of medicine.

This technique “gave us the unique chance to hear the sound of someone’s voice that died long ago,” Said Joel Fletcher. She added that Nesyamun also wanted to be heard in the afterlife, which was part of the Egyptian religion.

“It’s written on his sarcophagus, that’s what he wanted. In a way, we managed to fulfill his desire,” she added.

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