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Mummyblogging, round two


Last week, I posted a few photos of a Stanford effort to image the mummy of a 2,500-year-old priest. For those of you who like a little more context with your mummy-in-a-scanner shots, see my full article and a photo slide show here. Our multimedia team is working to put together a video on the mummy scan, which is sure to be fantastic; watch for it in the next month or two.

For now, I thought I'd put up a few more pictures, representing the lighter side of hanging out with a dessicated ancient Egyptian all day. Click through for more.

The de Young Museum develops a novel use for common office supplies.



Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco conservators are restoring and protecting Iret-net Hor-irw's coffin.

The inside bears a carved outline of the man himself.

Packed up and strapped down, Iret-net Hor-irw awaits his ride to Stanford in a loading dock at the de Young museum.


Museum conservators Alisa Eagleston and Elizabeth Cornu talk with Stanford Physicist Rebecca Fahrig (center), as the mummy rests on a gurney outside of the Grant building.


The process earned its share of concerned glances from onlookers.


Rebecca Fahrig and her trusty tape measure make sure the mummy is placed in the scanner just right.


A close-up view of the mummy's fingernails. Just a little creepy!


The scans reveal amulets on the mummy's forehead and at the back of his skull.


Mummies get valet parking and traffic cones outside the Palo Alto Imaging Center.


Oh, no, he's escaped!


Okay, he didn't really escape.


But at the end of the day, he did leave Palo Alto to return to his new San Francisco home. He'll be on display starting Oct. 31 at the Legion of Honor Museum. I recommend visiting - he's even nicer in person!

Previously: Photoblogging, mummy edition.

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