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FEB 2017

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Courtesy High Museum of Art GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E M U M M I E S: N E W S E C R E T S F R O M T H E T O M B S Most people associate mummies with ancient Egypt, but Peruvian and Chilean people were mummifying their dead 1,500 years before the Egyptians. "Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs" offers visitors a chance to see a selection of mummies — some on display for the first time — from The Field Museum in Chicago. The exhibit will open in March at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and run through January 2018. Peruvians first began to mummify their dead about 7,000 years ago, a process, they believed, that allowed them to stay connected to and interact with their loved ones. Some people kept mummies in their homes, took them to festivals or brought them food. Archaeologists believe the first Egyptian mummies were created accidentally in the hot, dry desert about 5,500 years ago. Egyptians later developed their elaborate mummification process to allow the deceased to live on in the next world. At interactive touch-screen tables, visitors can digitally "unwrap" several mummies via CT scans, learning about every layer: exterior linens, the skeletons inside, who the people likely were and what items were buried with them. W W W . A M N H . O R G Photos by Benjamin Simkins Photos by Rachel Carter ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY AT THE "MUMMIES" EXHIBIT COME FROM PERU, EGYPT AND OTHER PARTS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD.

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