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NHM hosted the world premiere of the Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs exhibition in the Fall of 2015. Here guests got a rare, up-close look at a selection of 20 mummies, many of which had never been on public display, originating from ancient Egypt and Peru, and from many historic ages and backgrounds. This exhibition reveals these people’s burial secrets, new details about their lives, and the societies they lived in.
Also on display were richly decorated coffins, sarcophaguses, mummification tools, and mummies of birds, cats, and crocodiles. At interactive touchtables, you can “unwrap” layers of mummies, to see the precious objects the bodies were buried with, as well as vivid details about the individual children, teens, and adults who lived out their lives in ancient times. Using the modern technology of CT scanning, scientists have revealed a detailed look into long-vanished cultures of Peru and Egypt.
Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.
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© 2015 The Field Museum, A115240d_001B, photographer John Weinstein