Friday, April 30, 2010

Mummy coffin to be opened

Middletown Journal (Eric Robinette)

When experts open a mummy coffin Friday evening, April 30, at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, they don’t expect to find someone wrapped in bandages from head to toe.

What they do hope to find are hieroglyphics or other clues that might tell more about the life and death of Ankh-Takelot, a high official and blood relative of the Egyptian pharaoh, dating from 944 to 732 B.C.

The opening will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the park’s ancient sculpture museum, with the event being by invitation only, said Richard Batdorf, an office manager at the park.

This is the first time Pyramid Hill has opened a mummy coffin, he added. This one, which is 3,000 years old, is part of the private collection of Pyramid Hill’s founder, Harry Wilks, who bought it at auction. It has been on display since 2009.

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