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)
  • miriamr-nar
    9/22/2015 - 05:35 p.m.

    This is talking about a nation that can see through mummies. This to me is shocking and amazing.

  • mariaha-nar
    9/22/2015 - 06:03 p.m.

    You might need a scanner to see the mummies because there layer of wrapping is probably really thick.

  • mariaha-nar
    9/22/2015 - 06:05 p.m.

    You might need a scanner to see the mummies because there is a really thick layer of wrapping and is probably hard to see.

  • subathirais-nar
    9/22/2015 - 06:50 p.m.

    We need a scanner to see the mummies because we want to learn more about the ancient life without destroying the key to learning about past; the mummies. According to the text, 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. This is why we need scanners for mummies.

  • davidc-nar
    9/22/2015 - 07:13 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because opening their cases can break something, and on the inside they are much, much more fragile. The scanner can also catch much more sophisticated things, and it takes an x-Ray to see if the bones broke and to figure out how the person died.

  • jamesh-nar
    9/22/2015 - 07:37 p.m.

    It's weird that they can see through them but can't tell who they were by the bodies themselves.

  • patrickd-nar
    9/22/2015 - 08:16 p.m.

    The scanner might help people see the mummy without breaking anything fragile and see how the person lived or died.

  • jamart-nar
    9/22/2015 - 08:17 p.m.

    You need a scanner because if you try to unwrap the tissue the mummy will break

  • alic-nar
    9/22/2015 - 08:37 p.m.

    Wow very interesting I never knew the people we're going to unwrapped mummies and see what's inside I thought mummies were fake but now I know they're real and they're from Egypt and Peru

  • valerieh-nar
    9/22/2015 - 09:15 p.m.

    Maybe one day the mummy's will travel to Florida! It would be very interesting to see right through the wrappings of mummies. I wonder what the mummies look like since it has been 5,000 years.

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