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. "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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Why do you need a scanner to see the mummies?
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COMMENTS (67)
  • westh-rei
    9/21/2015 - 10:44 a.m.

    You need a scanner so you would not have to unwrap the ti shew on the out side.

  • christianr-4-bar
    9/21/2015 - 12:15 p.m.

    The reason why you need scanner to see mummies is because when they die they people had wrapped them in cloth to preserve them so over the 5,000 years the bodies have gone bad and they scan their heads so they don't break the wrapping around to keep it good.They also did it to see their culture and how they lived.

  • americaa-san
    9/21/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    The Chicago museum has one of the country's largest mummy collection.Exhibition curators have looked right though the wrapping of mummy's.Exhibition curators are exclaiming two-dozen mummies in Egypt and Peru.The researchers want to now how the ancient lived and died.

  • analeye-
    9/21/2015 - 01:06 p.m.

    Is there going to be a book coming out about this so people don't have to visit the museum?

  • k'lap-
    9/21/2015 - 01:12 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because you can scan to see right threw the wrappings.

  • baileym-
    9/21/2015 - 01:53 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because the mummies will fall apart if you cut it open. Also because it can tell you how the mummies died. Then you need a scanner because it can tell you how they lived.

  • dereks-12346-
    9/21/2015 - 01:55 p.m.

    they need a scanner to see the mummy without damaging it or the wrapping. It also could possibly help them study age and codition of the bones.It also allows them to be able to display them without damage.

  • usherc-rei
    9/21/2015 - 03:37 p.m.

    Scientist probley need a scanner to the mummies because how ells could I see inside the mummies insides cut him open no thanks and that is disrespectful.

  • chamblinw-rei
    9/21/2015 - 03:52 p.m.

    you might need a scanner to see what is under the mummies wrapping that is on the mummy in which the scientist that use the scanner will see what is under the mummies wrapping.


















































































  • catalinak-rei
    9/21/2015 - 04:03 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies so you can tell how they lived and died.

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