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AIA Lecture: Dr. Bob Brier, Mummification: Resurrection of a Lost Art

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Date(s) - 02/21/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture


The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the McClung Museum present Dr. Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost Egyptologists and mummy experts, lecturing on mummification in ancient Egypt. The lecture reveals why the ancient Egyptian mummified and then goes on to describe a modern mummification.

In 1994, using ancient tools and materials, Bob Brier and Ronald Wade became the first people in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style. The goal of the project was to learn more about the tools and surgical procedures used by ancient embalmers.

Brier and Wade went to Egypt to obtain natron, the dehydrating agent used by the ancient embalmers and also obtained frankincense and myrrh, just as the Egyptians did. Working at the University of Maryland Medical School, the two researchers used replicas of ancient tools to remove the brain through the nose and the internal organs through a three-inch abdominal incision. The project was the subject of the National Geographic television documentary, Mr. Mummy.

Brier is a Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post and has worked in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and conducted research in mummification practices worldwide.

Lectures are held at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum Auditorium and are open to the public and free of charge. A reception will follow each.

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