This. This right here. This is cool.
Nesyamun was a priest at Karnak, Thebes (where Luxor is today) during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses XI, 1099-1069 BC. (Remember that it counts backwards if we’re dealing with BC years.) That means Nesyamun has been dead for over 3000 years. And yet, thanks to the miracles of modern Science, we can now hear his voice. Scientists did an MRI scan or some such on the mummy of Nesyamun, then 3D printed a larynx based on that scan.
From the linked article: “Archaeology professor John Schofield, also of the University of York, told the BBC it was Nesyamun’s “express wish” to be heard in the afterlife, which was part of his religious belief system. “It’s actually written on his coffin—it was what he wanted…In a way, we’ve managed to make that wish come true.”
In the future, they hope to construct complete sentences as they would have been spoken by Nesyamun.
Click on the link and listen to the mummy pronounce a soft A sound. It sounds a little mechanical, which it would, but it’s still kinda amazing to think that we’re hearing a close approximation of the voice of someone who died three millennia ago.