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If you’ve ever wondered what exactly lies beneath the linen wrappings of ancient mummies, a new exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum uses modern technology to peel through the layers and reveal the remains — all without unravelling their bandages.

“In the 19th century, people were studying the mummies by unwrapping them. In the 20th century, it was X-ray. In the 21st century, we’ve got fancy CT scans — three-dimensional ones that in this case, leads to some interesting results,” said Krzysztof Grzymski, the ROM’s senior curator of Egypt and Nubia. 

Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives, New Discoveries features six mummified individuals who range from a young child to middle-age adults. It showcases their life stories and how they lived over 3,000 years ago along the Nile River.

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Date: September 18th, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rom-exhibit-egyptian-mummies-1.5728736

Discussion

  1. This is an interesting use of a technology to provide a learning experience for museum visitors. What sorts of businesses could you build around this same idea?
  2. Why is important to not “unwrap the mummy”?

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