The Denver Museum of Nature & Science houses two Egyptian mummies on permanent loan from the Rosemont Museum in Pueblo, CO. These mummies recently underwent a series of scientific tests in order to know more about them and update the exhibit. These tests include:
1. CT scanning the mummies at .5 mm resolution. The mummies were last scanned in the 1990s at 1 cm resolution. With the new, higher resolution scans we can see so many more details than before. A special thank you to Children’s Hospital and the Colorado Flight for Life team for transporting the mummies by ambulance to the hospital and conducting the scans.
2. Tree-ring sampling of the sarcophagi and an analysis of the different woods and construction techniques of the sarcophagi.
3. XRF study of the pigments (and how they were layered) on the sarcophagi.
4. Radiocarbon dating of mummy skin, linens and wood.
6. Isotope analysis of mummy hair, skin and linen.
We hope to have results on all these tests by the Fall of 2016. Stay tuned as the research updates roll in!