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Field Museum mummies CT scanned

A portable CT scanner has been employed to scan Egyptian and Peruvian mummies at the Field Museum in Chicago. One of the Field Museum’s mummies is a 40-year-old woman who had lower back pain. A second was a teenager who may have jumped to his death. Another mummy has no torso. “It was a

Ancient Book of Mark found not to be so ancient after all

A biblical expert has found that an ancient Book of Mark kept at the University of Chicago is actually a relatively modern fake. Scholars have argued for nearly 70 years over the provenance of what's called the Archaic Mark, a 44-page miniature book, known as a "codex," which contains the complete

A 3,000-year-old Michael Jackson statue?

A 3,000 year old Egyptian bust at the Field Museum in Chicago is getting a lot of attention because it looks just like the late King of Pop! [Thx Sebastian] The spitting image limestone sculpture has been on display at the museum since 1988, but recently started drawing attention because of

Historical smear campaigns

Cracked has compiled a list of six 'facts' about historic figures that their enemies made up. I still hear a few of these often, such as Napoleon being extremely short, and J. Edgar Hoover being a transvestite. The truth is like Silly Putty: you can stretch it, mold it and use

Iraqi archaeologists studying in Chicago

During the reign of Saddam Hussein, and with the war still in progress, archaeology in Iraq has been at a standstill. The Field Museum in Chicago hopes to bring Iraqi archaeologists up to speed with all the technological developments of the last 15 years. "Their job now is to learn new

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