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Mummies of the World

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

mummy display at a musem

(photo from Museum of Anthropology website)

Mummies from around the world land in the spotlight at the next Saturdays at the Museum activity at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology. A variety activities are offered Saturday, Dec. 1, at the museum.

Techniques for mummification include human intervention, such as the elaborate ceremonies of ancient Egypt, and natural causes such as freezing or drying.

Special tours of the museum’s Otzi the Iceman exhibit will take place throughout the day. Museum visitors can learn about the techniques scientists have used to learn more about Otzi’s life and death.

Young guests can explore the subject and learn more by creating their own mummified apple.

“Mummies are a fascinating part of the past,” said Diana Azevedo, a museum assistant. “They allow us to know so much about ancient peoples since material remains, such as clothing, are preserved along with the body. Most people know about Egyptian mummification, but there are many types of mummified remains from all over the world, including the Peruvian desert and the peat bogs of England.”

In addition to the Saturdays at the Museum activity series with its 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online.

The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Source: Museum of Anthropology

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545,

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