June 9, 2013 |
BOSTON - A 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy named Padihershef came out of his coffin Friday to go to the hospital. Well, actually, he had already been there for a while. The mummy has been on display at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation's oldest, since it received him as a gift from the city of Boston in 1823 as a medical oddity. He is one of the first complete mummies brought to the United States. A conservator trained in restoring ancient artifacts removed him from his coffin Friday and began using cotton swabs dabbed in saliva to wipe away salt deposits from his face.
May 7, 1999 |
As we watch Brendan Fraser glide in an airplane over the desert sands, on his way to save a woman in a cave, we realize what was missing from "The English Patient. " Mummies. An army of them. Plus a clattering mass of flesh-eating beetles, plagues of locusts and fire, and flashbacks featuring an ancient Egyptian priestess who wears nothing but beads. That's how you spice up a love story. Lyrical dialogue, parallel narrative structure, panoramic photo-graphy are fine as far as they go, but when a movie reaches the two-hour mark, you're better off blowing up a platoon of mummies with a stick of dynamite.
May 25, 1990 |
A mummy that may be ancient Egypt's most powerful female pharaoh has been discovered near Luxor in the Valley of the Kings in a "lost" tomb recently reopened by an American archeologist. A scientific examination of the mummy is under way to try to identify the body, thought to be that of Queen Hatshepsut, who died in 1482 BC. Last year Donald Ryan, an archeologist from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state, was given authorization to search Tomb 60 by the Egyptian Antiquities Organization.
March 29, 1992 |
In the back room connected to the classroom, Mary Montabana, 11, and Lacey Bolland, 11, turned Mirenda Watkins, 11, into a mummy. But no just any mummy - Cleopatra's mummy. Mary prepared a tunnel that would lead to "Cleopatra's tomb. " These elementary students are not scientists or archaeologists - at least not yet. But they are learning about the Middle East as part of the annual Lansdowne Friends School project. All grades are learning different aspects of the region, from history to art. Anne Donnard, 11, had served in the previous week as the model for the King Tut mummy.
September 14, 1987 |
David O'Connor has no particular attachment to any of the dozen or so mummies he hangs out with, but he loves his sphinx. "This is a wonderful sphinx. Magnificent. I really like it," said the eminent Egyptologist, warmly patting the 3,000-year-old monument on its stone paws. "It's really the largest, best-preserved sphinx outside of Egypt," explained the University of Pennsylvania professor and associate curator of the University Museum's Egyptian department. But it's the magnificent stone head of Pharaoh Ramses II that gives O'Connor special pride and pleasure.
August 14, 1987 |
"Monster Squad," a horror comedy starring Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht and Duncan Regehr. Directed by Fred Dekker. Screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker. Running time: 76 minutes. A Tri-Star release. At area theaters. Can the Wolfman drive a car? Weighty - indeed, Talmudic - questions such as this are always on the minds of Sean, Patrick, Horace, Rudy, Phoebe and Eugene. Unfortunately, their obsession creates problems for them at elementary school. Instead of listening to their teacher's lectures, Sean and Patrick (Andre Gower and Robby Kiger)
February 17, 2011 |
Misplaced your mummy? Left it ( he? she? ) behind on your last vacation? That's the predicament that befell folks at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology when they found that Chinese officials didn't want them to display more than 100 artifacts from China in the museum's much-ballyhooed "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition, as well as its centerpiece: two ancient, perfectly preserved mummies. As luck would have it, the museum had on staff an experienced mummy maker ( mummier ?
August 1, 2008 |
'I've seen enough mummies to last a lifetime!" says a fed-up John Hannah, the actor who's provided what passes for comic relief in three Mummy movies now. Let's second that emotion. Rachel Weisz has. After appearing as the archaeologist wife to Brendan Fraser's dashing doofus adventurer in the first two tomb-raiding hits, the Oscar-winning actress has exited the show, to be replaced by Norristown's own Maria Bello - with black hair and a toothy English accent. In The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor , Fraser and Bello's Rick and Evelyn O'Connell quit their stately manor in Oxfordshire (just down the road from Lara Croft's?
January 18, 1987 |
About 900 B.C., Neb Neteru, a priest in ancient Egypt, was probably running around somewhere near the Temple of Amun in the Nile River city of Thebes. Yesterday, his mummified body, wrapped in about two dozen cloth layers, was laid out on a sterile table in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, while a huge - and expensive - piece of 20th-century technology X-rayed his body from head to toe. The X-ray analysis was part of a Children's Television Workshop segment called "Portrait of a Mummy," and it provided revealing clues about the mummy's life, times and death.
June 15, 1996 |
Should a mummy ever be turned into a mom? Last month the 500-year-old body of a girl was put on display in a portable freezer at the National Geographic Society building in Washington. No previous find was as well-preserved. The body is so well-preserved, in fact, that it apparently triggered a bizarre request. Some researchers reportedly were interested in removing and fertilizing the mummy's eggs. The body was found Sept. 8 at the 20,700-foot-high summit of Nevado Ampato in the Peruvian Andes.