Would You Attend A "Mummy Unwrapping" Party?

In the early to mid-1800s in Britain, it was fashionable for people to own mummies. Collectors would have their newly acquired mummies on display in their homes, and would even throw "mummy unwrapping" parties with their friends. In modern times, archaeologists show more care in handling the remains of those who were mummified.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In the 1800s, it was fashionable to own mummies. 00:46

  2. People would throw "mummy unwrapping" parties in the 1800s. 01:02

  3. Scientists can examine the calcification of teeth to determine the age of death of a mummy. 02:08

Written by Curiosity Staff September 1, 2015