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 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. The researchers want 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 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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  • laneys-1-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:44 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because you don't want to unwrap the 2 thousand year old body.It would ruin the mummy and it would be unpreserved .

  • mckaylas-1-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:44 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies, because it's the only way to see under the mummies wrapping. The scientist at the museum can not unravel the mummies wrap, because it will break the preservation of the mummies.

  • karlees-1-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies, because if you don't, there will be no way possible that researchers can ever see through the mummies.

  • jasminpd-1-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    You need the scanner to see the mummies because its sort of like an x-ray machine and allows you to see the mummy through all of the cloth they are wrapped in. If you take the wrap off of the mummy the bones will brake apart.

  • daizypd-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because of the cloth that they are wrapped in

  • tycenb-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:46 p.m.

    I think it is cool how they can finally see mummies under that elaborate mummy cloth.

  • amelianaa-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:47 p.m.

    You need a scanner because it is impossible to see through the wrap. You can't take the wrap off because it is a very old artifact and it can't be contaminated.

  • daizypd-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:47 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see the mummies because they are wrapped in cloth.

  • jacksonh-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    You need a scanner to see through the elaborate wrappings of the mummies. You could see how the bodies of these people changed over time. How they died also may be seen if you know what you are looking at.

  • briannar-1-ols
    9/21/2015 - 12:50 p.m.

    People will finally be able to find out what is underneath 5,000 year old mummies wrapping. On Sept.18 "Mummies, New Secrets From the Tomb," will open at Los Angeles' Natural History Museum. Visitors will be able to see what is underneath the mummies wapping.

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