High-tech scans let you see through mummies Conservator J.P. Brown, from the Department of Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, shows an interactive display of a CT scan of a mummy at the Los Angeles' Natural History Museum. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
High-tech scans let you see through mummies
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Ever wonder what is really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping?
 
There will be a rare chance to find out. "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs" opens Sept. 18. It will be presented at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum.
 
They are using state-of-the-art CT scans. The exhibition curators have looked right through the wrappings. They are examining some two-dozen mummies. The mummies came from Egypt and Peru. The researchers want to learn how the ancient people lived and died.
 
Large, tabletop computers will be placed alongside the mummies and their artifacts. So museum visitors will be able to do their own exams.
 
The show is aimed at providing a greater understanding of ancient peoples. And to learn more about their cultures. It is curated by Chicago's Field Museum. The Chicago museum has one of the country's largest mummy collections.
 
The mummies will remain in Los Angeles until January. Then they will travel to several other cities.

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COMMENTS (7)
  • viancad-gri
    9/22/2015 - 01:20 p.m.

    It was a great and interesting article it was very amazing and surprising.

  • ellaholick-bak
    9/23/2015 - 05:48 p.m.

    Wow!!!!! sooooooooooooooooooo awesome I love mummies too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jarrett1-war
    9/25/2015 - 01:16 p.m.

    Mummies are very interesting. The scientist need to use a scanner because taking off the wrap would damage the body. The thought of the bodies being 5,000+ years old is amazing! I would definitely go see the new program.

  • oriong-gri
    9/29/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    this is so great that they are doing this now so intreresting.

  • samt-mel
    10/06/2015 - 09:55 a.m.

    Our history is interesting, and I like the people who study it!

  • raegannm-mel
    10/06/2015 - 10:02 a.m.

    I think they need I scanner because they want to know how they died and sometimes to see how they died you have to go ( inside the human body )

  • elizabethl-mel
    10/07/2015 - 09:52 a.m.

    You don't want to take the wrapping off because it might damage the thing inside.

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