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Are you my mummy? Find out at Carnegie Science Center's upcoming Mummies of the World exhibit

click to enlarge MUMAB, a modern-day mummy made with mummification techniques from Ancient Egypt - PHOTO: CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
Photo: Carnegie Science Center
MUMAB, a modern-day mummy made with mummification techniques from Ancient Egypt
When it comes to mummies, most people are familiar with the mummification practices of Ancient Egypt. Less commonly known are the natural mummifications spurred by peat bogs in the Netherlands, or the mummification of pets.

Mummies of the World, an upcoming exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center opening Sat., Oct. 5, will feature the largest exhibition of mummies (and "related artifacts") in the world. The show is an expanded version of an exhibit that originally appeared in Los Angeles in 2010.

Mummification is any process that preserves the body from decomposing, and the exhibit will feature several different kinds of mummies, including both natural and artificial mummification, as well as experimental mummification, like applying Egyptian techniques to a modern-day body. There will also be a gallery dedicated to the scientific and medical purposes of mummification.


click to enlarge A lizard mummy - PHOTO: CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
Photo: Carnegie Science Center
A lizard mummy
The exhibit will highlight several "marquee mummies," including MUMAB, a mummy made by scientists in 1994; The Burns Collection, a group of Scottish mummies preserved by an anatomist in the 19th century; and the Orlovits Family of mummies, naturally preserved in 18th-century Hungary. While many of the mummies have been featured in previous exhibitions, some are open to public viewing for the first time.

In a press release, the Science Center noted that the exhibit is expected to be popular and sell quickly. Advanced ticket sale will begin on Tue., Sept. 3 on the Science Center website. 

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