KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host Dr. Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology, to lecture on ancient Egyptian mummification processes on February 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
The lecture, which is organized by The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the McClung Museum, reveals why the ancient Egyptian mummified and then goes on to describe a modern mummification.
Dr. Bob Brier, known as ‘Mr. Mummy,’ worked with Ronald Wade in 1994 to become the first people in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style, using ancient tools and materials. The goal of the project was to learn more about the tools and surgical procedures used by ancient embalmers.
Brier and Wade went to Egypt to obtain natron, the dehydrating agent used by the ancient embalmers and also obtained frankincense and myrrh, just as the Egyptians did. Working at the University of Maryland Medical School, the two researchers used replicas of ancient tools to remove the brain through the nose and the internal organs through a three-inch abdominal incision. The project was the subject of a National Geographic television documentary
The lecture is part of exhibition-related programming for Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, which runs at McClung Museum through May 7, 2017. The exhibition, which is organized by the Brooklyn Museum, explores the role of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through nearly eighty different representations of cats from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection.
The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.