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Mummies of the World: Unveiling the Past

1:43 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida --  The largest collection of mummies in the world will be unveiled in Tampa at the Museum of Science and Industry on Friday.

Inside the traveling exhibit, 'Mummies of the World', you will come face to face with 150 mummies and objects from around the world.

The oldest mummy is that of a 10 month old Peruvian child who died nearly 6,500 years (3,000 years before King Tut).

It is considered one of the largest collections of mummies and related artifacts in the world.

"All of these mummies have so much information to share with us about their culture, their history, their lives, who they were and how they lived," said Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking, a scientific research curator with the German Mummy Project which put the collection together.

Tickets:  MOSI:  Mummies of the World

The exhibition has mummies from all over the world, ranging from thousands of years old to just a couple of hundred.  Some of them were preserved as part of their cultures, others were preserved naturally by the environment.

All tell a story about our past and that is the reason why Gill-Frerking is hoping people will come out to see the exhibition.

"It will really change your perception about mummies," she told 10 News.

Research on the mummies is on-going.  Scientists are not only continuing to analyze the mummies using medical imaging, but they are analyzing the diseases that killed the people.

A family of three from Hungary who died from tuberculosis are helping shed light on how the disease has changed over the last two centuries since their deaths.

"I am still in awe of the mummies that I work with, they are still teaching me things, showing me things and I am still amazed.  I still understand them as people, they were alive, they had a family, they had friends.  Just because they are here and they are dead, doesn't mean they are not people.  I am amazed at the opportunity to work with these people every day," said Gill-Frerking.

Tickets start at $12.95 for children to $18.95 for adults and $16.95 for seniors.  Advanced reservations are encouraged.  The exhibit will be open through September 9th.

Tampa is the 5th stop on a seven city tour.

 

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