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AAC Project: The Mummies’ Secrets on The Researchers Night in Tartu, Estonia

On 27 September representatives of the Project “Archaeology, Authority and Community: cooperation to protect archaeological heritage”, archaeologists from the University of Tartu, in co-operation with the University of Tartu Art Museum, participated in pan-European science festival Researchers’ Night for the third time already and this time the focus was on mummies and their secrets.

Almost 500 people visited the 4-hour interactive exhibition and gained knowledge about mummy-making processes, balmed animals and who and why were chosen to be balmed. Archaeologists also gave insight to ancient Egyptian beliefs about afterlife and 19th century ideas about the "magical power" of the mummies. Even modern mummies and general ideas behind preserving bodies were discussed.

 

Two Egyptian mummies from the collections of the Art Museum were exhibited and members of the National Heritage Board explained how the mummified bodies ended up and have stayed in Tartu and in the University Art Museum. They also talked about things that should be considered when exhibiting a mummy.

 

Visitors could try to determine themselves the age of the mummies and watch the film about the analysis of the mummies’ bones. The most popular part of the exhibition was the mummy-making workshop where the participants were able to practice wrapping "mummies".



Photos are provided by the Project "AAC".
You can learn more about the event and see more photos at the Project web site www.aac-project.eu.

More information about the Project "AAC" can be found in the PORTFOLIO.


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