Many of you already know our Egyptian mummy was CT-scanned for the second time (after a 20-year gap!) on March 29 at Carle Clinic. While the new results are not in yet (we have hundreds of new images to look through), the images are amazingly clear. What had to be done on a supercomputer in 1990 can now be done on a laptop—with free software! Here are some pictures Carle took: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150167638369603.341112.68014734602
We expect to learn some more details about how the child inside the mummy lived and died, including perhaps the sex and cause of death. All will be revealed on Wednesday, November 2, when we host a mummy symposium at the Spurlock Museum at 4 pm! A pathologist, a radiologist, three mummy experts, and a physical anthropologist will help me report the results and put them in the context of other mummy studies:http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/education/calendar/calendar.php?month=11&year=2011#event2
AND because of this project, I will be attending the World Congress on Mummy Studies in San Diego in June! Five days packed with dead bodies, ancient DNA, medical imaging, disease…well, you have to be a bit crazy to love this stuff.
Speaking of crazy, I’ve launched a new blog on mummies and related topics to keep me writing non-fiction as well as fiction:http://themummyblog.blogspot.com/
(stop by and visit, leave a comment, and force me to keep writing!)
Now for some other archaeological news:
A great story on the famous archaeologist Lewis Binford who led the field into “new archaeology,” making it a more scientific discipline, and taught colleagues how to understand bone assemblages by studying the butchering of caribou:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704116404576263281168369172.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Fact vs. Fiction: will the real Indiana Jones please stand up? National Geographic is sponsoring an exhibit on the movie-star archaeologist to help people understand that archaeology is more than running through the jungle and cracking a whip (and you don’t have to look like Harrison Ford, either):http://www.newsarama.com/film/indiana-jones-and-archaeology-exhibition-110414.html
The touring exhibit begins in Montreal on April 28.