Travel to Egypt this summer at The Durham!
Unearth the mysteries of ancient Egypt as The Durham Museum presents Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science
Using hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from
archaeologists, Lost Egypt shows how modern science and technology can
reveal the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people. Discover a
real human mummy and animal mummies, as well as scans, forensic facial
reconstruction and – for the first time ever – three life-size rapid
prototypes, displaying the mummy in various stages of “unwrapping.”
Explore a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb and authentic art and
artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt.
Developers of Lost Egypt
traveled to Cairo and Luxor to work with
and learn from some of the world’s foremost authorities on Egypt who
are featured in the exhibition. Connect with them through video
interviews and photographs from the field.
will allow visitors to learn about archaeology and the
work of archaeologists, including how science changes over time as new
techniques are developed and new information is uncovered. Explore how
mummies, artifacts and other material remains contribute to our
scientific understanding of past cultures.
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science from The Durham Museum on Vimeo.
Climb aboard this unique replica of a life-size camel for a photo
opportunity. A computer game nearby challenges you to pack the right
equipment and supplies for your excavation.
Move a block to discover the scale of the stones used to build the
pyramids and experiment with the ancient Egyptian engineering and
technologies that may have been used to move them.
BUILD A PYRAMID
Use specially-shaped geometric wooden blocks to build a tabletop pyramid
to understand the architectural and engineering challenges.
Explore a mock excavation site to examine some of the material remains
found in the Lost City site. A model of a Lost City site dig pit
encourages visitors to find different objects, and then piece together
This respectful display brings you face-to-face with a real Egyptian
mummy. Learn the story of who this person was in life based on forensic
Learn about the language of hieroglyphics and decode an authentic
message from ancient Egypt. Hear how hieroglyphics are presumably
pronounced and read aloud.
EXPLORE THE TOMB
Explore this darkened re-creation of a tomb hallway decorated with
artwork and hieroglyphics using mirrors and light sources to highlight
sections of the wall. Photos are taken from tombs located in the Valley
of the Nobles, Saqqara and the Valley of the Kings.
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science was
produced by COSI in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit
Collaborative, and was designed and built by the Science Museum of
Minnesota. Artifacts are on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and
The Academy of Natural Sciences. Photography © 2008 Brad Feinknopf. Mummy scans © 2005 Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium
3D pottery recreation
Lost Egypt Dig Site
Annie the mummy and her
Shards of pottery interactive activity