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
Ever wonder what's 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.
Using state-of-the-art CT scans, exhibition curators have looked right through the wrappings. They are examining some two-dozen mummies 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 their cultures. It is curated by Chicago's Field Museum. The Chicago museum 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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