|Alan Billis said he hoped his grandchildren would be able to get an insight into what he was like. [Agencies]|
A former Devon taxi driver's body has been mummified in a project to test the processes used 3,000 years ago, the BBC reported.
Alan Billis died in January aged 61 after contracting lung cancer.
Mr Billis read a news story about a Channel 4 mummification project and decided to donate his body to the experiment after his death.
Dr Stephen Buckley, from the University of York, and archaeologist Dr Jo Fletcher used modern equipment to identify materials such as beeswax, oils and resins which were used in mummification by the ancient Egyptians.
The results may help in developing an alternative to formaldehyde in tissue preservation.
(China.org.cn October 20, 2011)