On Friday, I wrote about Mummies of the World and how freaking excited I was to be going to the exhibit @ Discovery Place.
Let me tell you...IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
I arrived close to 2 pm and was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I know it's crazy that I could be excited to see "a bunch of dead people wrapped in cloth," but I am inquisitive by nature. I ask questions, I wonder, I ponder, and I want to know things.
I probably should have been a detective or scientist or even gone with my first dream to be an astronaut.
I didn't do any of that so exhibits like MUMMIES OF THE WORLD become my playground for my questions and creative brain.
It took me 2 hours to go through the exhibit. Don't freak out. I thought I was moving at a healthy pace through the exhibit and it really only felt like an hour. There is so much to do, read, look at, study, and so on. If you go through, make sure you read the things on the on wall, on the exhibits themselves, and do the touchscreen interactive programs too. They are so amazing and filled with so much knowledge you kind of feel like you're in your own episode of CSI.
I often found myself walking around the artifact or mummy several times. Looking at it from every angle I could and staring at it, hoping that it suddenly would tell me it's story.
Why was there nail color on one mummy but the one who was supposedly a high ranking official looked a little less cared for at burial? Why did the South Americans board their children's head? What happened to the toes of this mummy? Why did the "bog dog" die where he was found?
I still don't know the significant meaning of The Tattoo Woman's tattoos and I still don't know what The Chilean Mummy died of.
I left with more questions than answers.
I think my two favorite mummies were The Detmold Child. It's a Peruvian baby around 10 months old. It is 6,500 years old and predates King Tut by 3000 yrs and the Iceman by 1000. I was in the presence of 6,500 year old PIECE OF HISTORY!! How f'n cool is that? And if you want to know exactly how old 6,500 yrs is. The Detmold Child is carbon dated between the years of 4504 and 4457 BC. BC as in BEFORE CHRIST. My second favorite mummy was of a woman who was put to rest holding the teeth of baby. Were they her own baby teeth? Were they the teeth of one of her children? Why was she buried the way she was? There was something about that particular mummy that haunted me the most. I wanted to know her entire story but I could only know what mummyologist could give me with the technology we have. Click HERE to see a picture of her.
All in all, MUMMIES OF THE WORLD was an amazing exhibit. I might have left with more questions than answers but I also left with a bit more knowledge the past and of cultures I could only dream of.
I HIGHLY suggest going to see this exhibit. It truly is amazing and is filled with history and beauty.