On Monday, Steph and I flew to Aberdeen to record the animal mummies at the Marischal Museum. We were lucky enough to visit the original museum building on Broad Street which is, so we have been told, the second largest granite building in the world! What with that and the statue of Robert the Bruce sitting astride his steed, it is quite easy to spot! The building has now been largely taken over by Aberdeen City Council, although the rear quadrant is still owned by the University and houses the Museum which sadly no longer opens to the general public following their relocation to much smaller premises on campus. In total, the collection comprises 18 animal mummies, all of which are now in the Bio Bank database, bringing our running total to 750 specimens!
We are busy working on a presentation for next week at the University of Bradford through our collaboration with their Archaeological Science department. Plans for the study day on May 10th are going well and we are looking forward to introducing attendees to our work and letting them have a go at recording mummies for themselves. If anyone is still interested in joining us on the 10th, please go to our website at http://www.knhcentre.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents/events/ – for more information and to book. We have a few spaces available, so if you would like to come along, don’t delay!