We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and followers who have continued to take an active interest in the work of the Bio Bank during 2013. We are now working on our grant from the Leverhulme Trust to continue research into animal mummification using non-destructive imaging techniques. As if that didn’t keep us busy enough, we are also actively involved in research into Ta-Kr-Hb (the Perth Mummy) and the coffins in the Manchester Museum collection. We continue to strive to use investigative techniques that retain the integrity of the artefacts themselves whilst gathering maximum amounts of information.
As part of our commitment to the Leverhulme Trust, we are actively engaged in the planning and organisation of a ground-breaking exhibition on votive animal mummies which will open in Manchester in September 2015. We are also planning to publish a book which will accompany the exhibition. This is very exciting for us and we hope that both the exhibition and the publication will be well received.
Our three experimental mummies continue to desiccate nicely having been manufactured to replicate techniques witnessed radiographically in the ancient specimens. We plan to conduct more experiments in the new year.
On May 10th 2014, we are hosting our first ‘animals in Egypt’ study day. Further details will be available in the new year on the KNH Centre website for what promises to be an interesting and informative course. The team are also involved in a number of other study days held at Manchester Museum in 2014 as well as many outreach events scheduled to accompany the exhibition.
All that remains for us to say is thanks once again to all the museums who have supported the project to date. We could not do this research without the help of curators and conservators, radiologists and collaborators. We would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014!