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  Review: Amazing new mummy exhibition
Updated 01 July 2004, 10.16
Scan of Nesperennub
A new exhibition has opened at the British Museum which reveals secrets of an Egyptian mummy - without even opening up the case!

Press Packer Elizabeth went along to experience this virtual tour of a mummy's body and in her review she tells us what she found out.

"Ancient mummies have been a bit of a puzzle to humans but after the public has witnessed this exhibition everything will be crystal clear.

A preview of the life of an Egyptian worker called Nesperennub who lived approximately 3000 years ago was revealed to selected viewers on Saturday 26 June 2004.

Scan of Nesperennub
Through a 3D film I saw the mummy of Nesperennub.

I witnessed the opening of his coffin and a beautifully painted case and the unravelling of bandages.

Artificial eyes

The film amazingly showed, through extensive research, what Nesperennub would have looked like 3,000 years ago.

I saw the mummification process and the objects that the embalmers, the people responsible for mummifying Nesperennub, inserted.

For example, artificial eyes for sight and a snake amulet for protection against evil, and the organs they removed.

2-D to 3-D

The idea arose four years ago however it was a two-year project.

Nesperennub was priest of Karnak
Nesperennub was priest of Karnak
The whole process was discovered by experimenting - combining the results of scanning and entering data.

Computer programmers reassembled the 2-D images to create a 3-D presentation.

Thirty people worked on the project: the virtual technicians, the people from the National Hospital of Neurology and the archaeologists.

They intend to continue with the project as there are over 100 mummies in the museum.

Dazzled

I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition.

It was extraordinary to watch the life of an ancient man - all this is possible through technology.

It was a little gruesome though so I would recommend it to children aged seven and above who wish to be dazzled."

Elizabeth, 12, Sutton

Mummy: the inside story opens at the British Museum on Thursday 1 July.


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