The upcoming exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History will shed new light on ancient mummies that have been recently re-examined using 21st-century tools and technologies.
Mummies features one of the largest collections of mummies housed in North America and provides
an unparalleled glimpse into the lives and traditions of people from cultures of the past.
Mummies opens for a weekend of Member previews on Friday, March 17, and will be on view to
the general public from Monday, March 20, 2017, to January 7, 2018.
Mummies have long been fascinating, and now the intersection of these ancient relics and cutting-edge technology is revealing new and intriguing secrets, said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History.
“For generations, the Museum has studied and presented the diverse cultures of humanity, past and present,
to help us better understand one another and ourselves. Today, when such understanding is more important than ever, Mummies invites us all to consider both what may be distinct among cultures and what is universal in the human condition. On a special, limited tour from the collections of The Field Museum in Chicago and presented for the first time on the East Coast—Mummies showcases the ritually preserved remains of 18 individuals from ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian Peru, many on view for the first time since the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. Visitors can discover how modern imaging techniques have transformed the study of mummification by letting researchers peer inside centuries-old mummies without damaging them. Digital touchscreens allow visitors to virtually peer into Peruvian mummy bundles as well as 2 animal mummies buried as offerings to Egyptian gods, while visitors can handle 3D-printed figurines of burial goods that were encased within mummy wrappings for millennia and only recently revealed. For centuries, scientists have utilized the research tools of their time to decipher the intriguing stories encased within a mummy's wrappings, flesh, and bones, said Michael Novacek, the Museum's senior vice president and provost for science.“ With the full suite of contemporary technologies like computerized tomography (CT) scanning, DNA testing, and isotopic sampling brought to bear on the mysteries contained within mummies, this exhibition provides an immersive new window through which to view these remarkable cultures.
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