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Modern Day Mummy: The Art & Science of Mummification

June 11, 2011 - March 4, 2012

This exhibit is now closed.

Don’t miss your chance to see SDMoM’s “Mumab,” on display until the exhibition Modern Day Mummy: The Art & Science of Mummification closes March 4, 2012. During its run, the exhibition has thrilled visitors with a close-up view of the preserved remains of a Baltimore man whom scientists mummified using Ancient Egyptian techniques after he died in the 1990s. Visitors also have enjoyed presentations by mummy specialists, esteemed local radiologists, leading researchers on the socio-political themes around the ritual processes of death, and an archaeologist–Hollywood consultant versed in Egypt-inspired themes in film and the mummy genre.

The final program for the exhibition featuring Mumab will be presented March 3, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in SDMoM’s Gill Auditorium. Local forensic anthropology consultant, and professor and chair of the anthropology department at Mesa College, Madeleine Hinkes, Ph.D., will discuss taphonomy, the study of the decomposition of organisms upon death, citing examples from actual forensic cases. She will also explain how natural and artificial mummification differ, and the role climate plays in decomposition and mummification.

Of special note is the fact that SDMoM merited mention in the November 2011 issue of National Geographic. The issue reported that U.S. Navy radiologists and medical personnel from San Diego’s Naval Medical Center performed scans on SDMoM mummies, including a 550-year-old female mummy from Peru. The scanned images afford scientists more information about the bones and tissue in ancient human remains. You can enjoy the article by visiting: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/visions-now-next#/next/4

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