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Step into Ancient Egypt at new British Museum show

Step into Ancient Egypt at new British Museum show
25 Jun 2014

London is currently home to a fascinating slice of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, meaning visitors to the city may be able to feel like they've taken a step closer to the pyramids if they head to the famous British Museum.

History exhibition 'Ancient lives, new discoveries' began at the museum back in May but there's still plenty of time to see it, because it's not due to close until the end of November.

The show's focus is a group of eight mummies which have all recently undergone scientific analysis.

One of them is a man who lived in Gebelein prior to the era in which the pharaohs ruled. The pair who lived most recently are a boy from the early Christian Era and a woman who lived in Sudan in around 700 AD.

Each of these historical people have large screen visualisations near them, showing people inside their bodies.

The mummies are from Ancient Egypt and Sudan, and represent the preserved remains of people who spent their lives in the Nile Valley during ancient times.

The British Museum's first mummy became part of the collection in 1756.

The institution hasn't unwrapped a mummy for 200 years, meaning that technology has been used to find out more about these remains, such as X-ray and more recently CT scanners.

Most recently, scans have used new generation CT tech which can provide very high-res data, which is then converted into 3D imagery.

Now people visiting the museum can look at and interact with this fascinating data.

"This new technology is truly ground-breaking, allowing us to reconstruct and understand the lives of these eight, very different, individuals," British Museum director Neil MacGregor has said.

"This is a project which has only been made possible through recent technological advances and I am delighted that the musuem is at the forefront of this kind of research and presentation."

Other museums that you might want to check out during a visit to London include The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and the Museum of London. The city truly is world class when it comes to its museum venuesADNFCR-408-ID-801730882-ADNFCR

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