(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)
“Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs,” presents an intimate look at ancient Egyptians and Peruvians. CAT scans and other technologies have allowed scientists to look differently at these artifacts, and now visitors can, too. By watching computerized three-dimensional renderings, visitors can see under layers of history to show people long deceased but still with so many stories to tell. The exhibition reveals these people’s burial secrets, new details about their lives, and the societies they lived in.
Some of the mummies that visitors can unwrap include one dubbed Minirdis, a 14-year-old boy, as well as a 40-year-old woman known as Gilded Lady. The CT scans show her overbite and Cleopatra-like curly hair.
Also part of the exhibit: 3-D-printed casts of bones and burial figurines, mummified animals and forensically reconstructed sculptural busts by artist Elisabeth Daynès.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd
Until January 18 2016