20 Oct '11, 4am

British man who died earlier this year is first person in 3,000 years to be mummified - and it's for science

British man who died earlier this year is first person in 3,000 years to be mummified - and it's for science

A British man has become the first person in 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as ancient Egyptian pharaohs, a new TV documentary claims, after he donated his body to a science experiment. -- PHOTO: AFP LONDON (AFP) - A British man has become the first person in 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as ancient Egyptian pharaohs, a new TV documentary claims, after he donated his body to a science experiment. Alan Billis, a 61-year-old taxi driver from Torquay in south-west England, died in January from lung cancer. Before he died, he volunteered to take part in a mummification experiment for television. 'People have been leaving their bodies to science for years, and if people don't volunteer for anything nothing gets found out,' Billis says in the documentary, which will be screened in Britain on October 24. 'If it doesn't work it's not the end of the world...

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