- Mummification was not limited to Egyptians. Greeks and Romans who resided in Egypt were also mummified in Egyptian fashion.
- The process of mummification continued in Egypt as late as the fifth century C.E., then slowly tapered off when Christianity took hold.
- From 400 to 1400 C.E. there was a common belief that mummia was a potent medicine with curative powers. This mummia was obtained by grinding up actual mummies.
- Many travelers who visited Egypt from Europe in the 1600s and 1700s took mummies home and displayed them as centerpieces or in curio cabinets.
- The study of Egyptian antiquities, known as Egyptology, became a popular academic discipline in the 1800s. The event of "unwrapping a mummy" became a popular attraction and draw to European museums.
- In 1896, British archaelogist William Flinders Petrie began using X-ray techniques to examine mummies without unwrapping them.
- In the early 1970s, scientists began using computed tomography, or CAT scans, to create images of the insides of mummies. This aided them in determining information about the embalming and wrapping processes the Egyptians used.
- During the 1980s and 1990s, scientists extracted DNA from mummies in hopes of gathering information about ancient Egyptian patterns of settlement and migration, as well as information on diseases, and genetic characteristics.
- Recent approaches to studying mummies involve the interdisciplinary cooperation of Egyptologists, physicians, radiologists, physical anthropologists, and specialists in ancient languages.
- Recent discoveries of mummies in the Sinai Peninsula, the desert oases, and the eastern delta of the Nile River are providing abundant information about the regional mummification styles.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I was watching HDNET concerts a couple of weeks ago and came across this band-HERE COME THE MUMMIES. They are a cross between jazz, funk and rock. They don't sound half bad. They were mummy outfits and have a full compliment of band members and a horn section also. Here is a link to their web site, I think you'll like their music. Some of their videos are a little tongue and cheek riskay, but it's all in fun, nothing bad. Heres the address: www.herecomethemummies.com, let me know what you think. There are about 3 or 4 videos of them performing on the Bob and Tom show and a couple musica festivals.