Scan Reveals 1,000 Year-Old Monk in Statute

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Scan Reveals 1,000 Year-Old Monk in Statute

Researchers have discovered that a 1,000 year old monk statue is not just an artifact www.cnn.com reported. A CT scan, a 3-D x-ray image, showed that the statue encases a mummy.

“We thought it would be lung tissue, but instead we found little scraps of paper covered with Chinese characters,” said Vincent van Vilsteren, an archeology curator from the museum.

The monk, who is sitting in the lotus position, is thought to have starved himself to death in an act of extreme spiritual devotion in China or Tibet in the 10th century. His preserved remains were displayed in his monastery www.telegraph.co.uk reported.