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
September 18, 2015
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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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