British Museum hosts ground breaking Egyptian exhibition

Date Posted: 12/04/2014

Opening on 22nd May, Ancient Lives at the British Museum promises ground-breaking new discoveries into the lives of the Egyptians.

The interactive exhibition will introduce you to eight people from the Nile Valley whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming.

Using the latest technology to explore one of the most popular areas of the British Museum’s collection, the exhibition promises to unlock hidden secrets and build up a picture of these eight lives over the 4,000 years – from prehistoric Egypt to Christian Sudan.

From a priest’s daughter to a temple singer, a middle-aged man to a young child, a temple doorkeeper to a woman with a Christian tattoo, find out how they lived and what happened to them after they died.

School groups visiting the British Museum

Free sessions are available helping teachers to plan activities, discuss resources and view galleries. Planning sessions take place once a term.

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Pictured: Mummy of a priest’s daughter named Tamut in a painted case, and CT scan of the same mummy. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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