Monday, June 13, 2011

It's a Mummie Outbreak!

Here's a great article about three different mummy exhibits that have opened since the weekend.

The first is at the San Diego Museum of Man. This exhibit "features the mummy of a man in his 70s, who, in 1994, was mummified by scientists using the ancient Egyptian methods." It doesn't say why anyone would let a couple of scientist mummify them in 1994.

Next is "Mummies of the World" which is taking over Philadelphia. This exhibit boast over 150 mummy artifacts. "The specimens include a Peruvian child mummy that is 6,240 years old -- 3,000 years older than King Tut -- and the mummy of a middle-aged Egyptian man that despite being unwrapped long ago, still has gold flecks that were applied to his face right after his death."

Finally yesterday saw the beginning of the week long World Congress of Mummy Studies also in San Diego. This is for your hardcore mummiphile. This conference has such mouth watering topics as "The Mummy Tissue Database at Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology (Parts 1 and 2)", "Archaeogenetic and Histological Analysis of Natural Mummification under High Salt Conditions: Investigation of the Chehr Abad Salt Men", and finally one for my brother-in-law "Teeth Used as a Tool: Evidence of Task-related Dental Modifications from an Ancient Cemetery at Saqqara, Egypt". Why am I not there?

But all this is just leading up to the biggest mummy news of the summer. The release of Groanology: Humorous Monster Mash-ups and my story "The Wrong Side of the Rainbow" featuring Ramses II! It's only weeks away. Keep watching this space for more news!!!

Now I have to go email my mummy.
Take care.

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