Unwrap the science of mummies with your students!
Explore the scientific study of mummies and the cultural insights that science helps expose with a field trip to Mummies of the World. Through the use of modern scientific techniques, the mummies in the exhibition have revealed extraordinary details about the past: how tall people were, how long they lived, what kinds of food they ate and from what diseases they suffered. Clothing, jewelry and other personal artifacts placed on or with a mummy can tell us about the person’s status and lifestyle, as well as the values, beliefs, and attitudes of the culture in which they lived.
Through modern science and technology, their secrets are now revealed. Mummies of the World tells the story of mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multimedia, hands-on interactive stations and cutting-edge 3-D animation. This 4,500-year journey lets visitors explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created, both through natural and intentional practices.
Mummies of the World highlights real advances in the scientific methods used to study mummies, including Computed Tomography (CT), ancient DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating, all of which allow researchers to learn about the lives, history, and cultures of the mummies. Who were they? Where did they come from? And what can they teach us?
Plan about 60 minutes for your students to explore the exhibition.
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