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2010-04-12 14:39:59

The future home of an Egyptian youth center became a hotbed of archaeology as diggers unearthed 14 tombs dating back to the third century BC, including one with a female mummy decorated in jewelry. The Greco-Roman tombs, located in the Bahariya Oasis 190 miles southwest of Cairo, were discovered during probes that indicated they may be part of a large necropolis, Egypt's Culture Ministry said in statement on Monday. The female mummy -- about 38 inches tall -- was found in the stair-lined...

2010-02-17 11:40:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- American Exhibitions, Inc. announced today that the City of Los Angeles has been chosen for the world-debut of Mummies of the World, the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled. Unlike any exhibition in history, Mummies of the World presents a never-before-seen collection of both accidental and intentionally preserved mummies, presented with reverence and dignity -- and for the first time allowing one to scientifically and...

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2010-02-17 06:25:00

King Tutankhamun, the young pharaoh that died at the age of 19 in 1324 B.C., suffered from many disorders, but the most likely cause of his death was a severe case of malaria and a degenerative bone disease, according to researchers. Several mummies that were part of the study showed DNA evidence of malaria, but it was King Tut that caught the attention of scientists. To their knowledge this was "the oldest genetic proof of malaria in precisely dated mummies." The advancement in...

2010-02-16 12:46:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- World-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass leads an unprecedented forensic investigation into the life and times of King Tut that reveals for the first time the identity of Tut's parents and grandparents, his cause of death and new details of his reign in a two-night world premiere special event, KING TUT UNWRAPPED, airing Sunday, February 21, at 8 PM (ET/PT) and Monday, February 22, at 8 PM (ET/PT). (Logo:...

2010-01-25 04:30:00

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- American Exhibitions, Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has engaged JMPR Public Relations as its agency of record to handle its media relations initiatives for the launch of its Mummies of the World exhibition, making its international debut this summer. JMPR will be responsible for a media relations campaign that explores the historical and scientific stories of the mummies giving insight into the lives, cultures and time-periods of these...

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2009-11-21 07:20:00

The tooth, thumb and finger of the much celebrated Italian scientist Galileo Galilei have been discovered by an art collector, Italy's History of Science Museum announced on Friday. Scientists and historians took these parts, along with another finger and a vertebrae, during a burial ceremony in 1642, nearly a century after his death, reported Reuters. For those 95 years after his death, church authorities refused to allow Galileo to be buried in consecrated ground because his...

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2009-11-18 06:20:00

Mummies from 3,500 years ago were found to be afflicted with heart disease, which has called all modern understanding of heart disease and its risk factors into question, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions of 2009. "We think of it as being caused by modern risk factors," such as fast food, smoking and a lack of exercise, but the findings show that these aren't the only reasons arteries clog, said Dr. Randall Thompson, a cardiologist at the...

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2009-09-30 13:05:00

The first-ever scientific autopsy of an Egyptian mummy concluded that the woman had died from complications with ovarian cancer, but a new study has shown that conclusion may have been wrong. Augustus Bozzi Granville, a British physician and obstetrician, completed the first-ever mummy autopsy in 1825. He noted that the cause of death was ovarian cancer. "I determined, perfect and beautiful as it was, to make it the object of further research by subjecting it to the anatomical knife, and thus...

2009-08-21 12:25:55

A high-tech scan of a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy will help show how he lived, died and was preserved, Stanford University radiologists say. A computed tomography scan, or CT scan, was taken Thursday at Stanford's School of Medicine in California to help create 3-D images of the mummy, thought to be Iret-net Hor-irw, a minor priest from Akhmim who died by age 20 of unknown causes, said Renee Dreyfus, a curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. What we're trying to do is merge...

2009-06-26 09:17:00

INDIANAPOLIS, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Doors will open tomorrow for "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," a touring exhibition featuring more than 100 authentic artifacts from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh King Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites. The exhibition will be on display at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis from June 27 to October 25, 2009, its first Midwest showing following the U.S. premiere in Atlanta. Most artifacts in the exhibition have never...