Egyptian Artifacts and Real Mummy Coming to Portland
(Portland, Oregon) – Portland's Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will soon unearth a new exhibit that takes you on a trip back in time to ancient Egypt, with “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.” It features cutting-edge modern technology that immerses the viewer in this world, with hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts, and guidance from real archaeologists to reveal how modern science is used to uncover and understand the mysteries of Egypt, its culture, and its people.
Lost Egypt will be on exhibition at OMSI January 29 to May 1 through the generous support of presenting sponsor Comcast and supporting sponsors Chevron and Lufthansa German Airlines.
Lost Egypt features numerous authentic Egyptian artifacts including a 2300-year-old real human mummy known as “Annie,” and her sarcophagus. Also featured are several animal mummies, forensic facial reconstructions of mummified remains, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of "unwrapping.”
“Lost Egypt makes an unforgettable connection between past and present customs, cultures and sciences,” said OMSI president Nancy Stueber. “This exhibition is particularly inspiring for young people, illuminating the roles they can play as future archaeologists, scientists, engineers, technicians, and life-long learners.”
The exhibition is divided into four main content areas each providing unique insight into ancient Egyptian culture and the archeological process. The content areas are:
Orientation Entrance - An Egyptian street scene transports visitors to modern Egypt where they learn about some of the prominent archeologists working in Egypt today. A large map of Egypt covers the floor, introducing geographical data and key archaeological sites, including those of the archaeologists featured in Lost Egypt.
Field Site - Modeled after an archaeological field site in Egypt, this area encourages visitors to explore the tools, techniques, sciences, and technologies used at the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders site on the Giza Plateau. Stories from the archaeologists focus on life in the field, discoveries, artifacts, and careers. Visitors will find a site, identify material remains, analyze findings, and engage in the process of scientific inquiry about the lives of the Pyramid Builders.
Ancient Egyptian Culture - In this area visitors can see “Annie” the real human mummy and learn about why the Egyptians mummified their dead and their beliefs about the afterlife. They can examine CT scans to find the amulets wrapped within a mummy’s bandages and discover the cultural and religious significance of amulets found on mummies. A full-size reproduction of the Rosetta Stone is also on display to help visitors learn how this stone provided the meaning of the ancient Egyptian’s language of hieroglyphics, giving scientists the key to study this mysterious culture.
Laboratory - Visitors will explore how modern science and technology helps us understand human mummies, animal mummies, and artifacts from ancient Egypt. On display is the first life-size rapid prototype of a human mummy, created using digital CT-scans of an actual human mummy. Facial reconstructions of four different human mummies, originally developed for forensic work, allow visitors and scientists to see ancient Egyptians like never before.
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science was developed by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative and was built by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Artifacts are on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences.
OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.