Modern science, tech uncover lives and culture of ancient Egyptians at Baylor



Washington, June 5: The use of technology and modern science has revealed the long buried secrets of the lives and cultures in ancient Egypt at Baylor University's Mayborn Museum Complex.


"These days, ground-penetrating radar is used to find lost Egyptian cities, such as one near Cairo," said Terry White, exhibit installation supervisor at the Center of Science and Industry.

He said that mummies could be studied through soft-tissue and skeletal scanned images, rather than by unwrapping or disturbing the remains.

CT scans and forensic reconstructions of the faces of Annie, the mummified teenage girl and three other female mummies would be on display at the exhibition at the university, and also animal mummies and funeral artifacts and amulets.

The exhibit would also give visitors an insight into 99.9 percent of the people's lives in Egypt not just famous pharaohs such as King Tut.

The secrets revealed have also surprised archeologists as one is that many people who built the Pyramids appear to have been well treated, despite the stereotype that they were forced laborers.

"Maybe there were some that were slaves, but there were a lot that volunteered," White said.

"Tomb workers were somewhat like platoons, living in barracks of about 40 people. They received medical treatment when necessary, and "they ate meat every day, gardened, made pots. In that time in history, it was probably not a bad life," he added.

The exhibition is produced by the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, and runs through Sept. 5.


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