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Chicago's Field Museum to display mummies not seen in over 100 years

Monday, January 16, 2012

From the Associated Press. The Field Museum in Chicago plans to display a rare collection of mummies that have not been seen since the Columbian Exposition in 1893.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 17 through April 22, 2012.  Some of the mummies date back over 5,500 years.  The museum obtained many of the mummies at the Columbian Exposition in 1893, but never thoroughly studied them for fear of damaging the mummies. That all changed last year due to the new noninvasive CT scans that allows scientist to virtually unwrap the mummies.  The mummies will be displayed along with scanned images that show evidence of serious injuries, illnesses and offerings and jewelry tucked inside in the wrappings.

The exhibit is called "Opening the Vaults: Mummies" Museum officials, who call it a "once-in-a-life-time opportunity for the public," said the exhibit will only be open two months because of the fragile nature of the mummies.

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Anonymous commented on 13-Feb-2012 11:36 AM
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