Ever feel like screaming “I want my mummy!”? Have we got news for you!
Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum has partnered with the British Museum to bring you six – and unlocks their deepest secrets, solving mysteries that puzzled Egyptologists for generations.
Computerised tomography (CT) scanning and other cutting edge technology has allowed scientists to study the bodies of ancient Egyptians without unwrapping them to reveal details about their historical, geographical and social settings.
Mummification was performed by embalmers to preserve the body and was an essential part of Egyptian funerary practice between about 3500BC and AD400. The decoration and shape of coffins were designed to facilitate rebirth.
Fragrant resins and bitumen helped to preserve the body. Sawdust and lichen were used to fill cavities, such as the thorax and the abdomen, and beeswax was sometimes used to reshape the lips or nose. Onions, highly regarded as symbolic of eternity were often placed inside bodies during mummification.
Hatch’s Brooke Gibbs visited the exhibition with her camera:
The Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition will run at the Powerhouse Museum until April 30. Tickets can be booked online and include general admission to the Powerhouse. – Report and photos by Brooke Gibbs