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's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping?
 
There will be a rare chance to find out when "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs" opens Sept. 18 at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum.
 
Using state-of-the-art CT scans, exhibition curators have looked right through the wrappings of some two-dozen mummies from Egypt and Peru to learn how the ancient people lived and died.
 
Thanks to large, tabletop computers placed alongside the mummies and their artifacts, museum visitors will be able to do the same.
 
The show, aimed at providing a greater understanding of ancient peoples and their cultures, is curated by Chicago's Field Museum, which has one of the country's largest mummy collections.
 
After leaving Los Angeles in January the mummies will travel to several other cities.

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Why do you need a scanner to see the mummies?
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COMMENTS (124)
  • briannec-ste
    9/21/2015 - 01:37 p.m.

    Mummies are cool enough as it is, but now we can see through them. I don't know if it should be cool or freaked out.

  • colemans-rei
    9/21/2015 - 03:47 p.m.

    I think that I would need a scanner to see the mummies because mummies are elaborately wrapped in layers of cloth. To unwrap something like that would take a long time so using specialized equipment and electronics would be useful. Seeing the inside of a mummy would be a big step in scientific history and would be a huge tourist attraction in history museums. I mean, how many times do you get to see the inside of a mummy?

  • keairnesj-rei
    9/21/2015 - 03:54 p.m.

    I think that you would need a scanner to see inside a mummy because they are elaborately wrapped in fine cloth and put in a tomb for people to later dig it up. When you find a mummy it would take a long time for even a specialized professional to unwrap it. When you unwrap it that would be hard to pick through the rubble so electronics would help a lot. When you use tools such as the scanner you can watch history unfold.

  • collinsf-rei
    9/21/2015 - 04:08 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because it is wrapped up in cloth and it is true that no one wants to unravel the mummies cloth. It is better to under stand.

  • collinsf-rei
    9/21/2015 - 04:09 p.m.

    It is better to understand the mummies culture and how it lived by scanning it.

  • laurenm-nar
    9/22/2015 - 04:09 p.m.

    wow I did not know that you could look in a mummy!!!

  • laurenm-nar
    9/22/2015 - 04:10 p.m.

    answer:
    so you wont have to take apart the mummy and ruin it

  • eleganceb-nar
    9/22/2015 - 04:13 p.m.

    Because if you don't use a scanner, then you wont be able to see the mummies without damaging them because you tried to unwrap them.

  • naiyasiaa-nar
    9/22/2015 - 04:20 p.m.

    They probably need a scanner to see the mummies because the wrapping is so thick. Also, because they are so ancient and they don't want to mess up the ancient artwork.

  • gabrielb-nar
    9/22/2015 - 04:31 p.m.

    You need the scanner to see the mummies because the wrapping wont let you see through but CT scanners will.

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