Thursday, June 25, 2009

Brooklyn Museum Mummies CT Scan Project on Twitter

Brooklyn Museum on Twitter

Well, all power to them for embracing the latest fads.

Four human mummies from the Brooklyn Museum's renowned Egyptian collection will undergo computed tomography or CT scanning at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island on June 23. Throughout the day, curatorial and conservation staff will be utilizing Twitter, the free social networking and micro-blogging service, to send updates on the proceedings direct to the Brooklyn Museum Twitter feed. Follow @brooklynmuseum on Twitter:

The Brooklyn Museum collection of ancient Egyptian art, considered one of the finest in the United States, includes mummified remains of several animals and eleven humans. Through the CT scanning, Brooklyn Museum curators hope to learn more about each of the four mummies and the ancient civilization in which they lived. Each mummy underwent a preliminary examination in the Museum's Conservation Laboratory to assess their stability and general condition in order to determine if the CT scan would yield significant additional information.

The Mummies that will undergo CT scanning are a Royal Prince, Count of Thebes, who is more three thousand years old; the Lady Hor on view in her elaborately painted cartonnage since 1993, some two thousand years old; Thothirdes, over 2,500 years and; and a mummy about which little is known, that dates back to the first century C. E.

Sally Williams, Public Information Officer, (718) 501-6330,
Adam Husted, Media Relations Manager (718) 501-6331,

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