Friday, 21 March 2014

Museum lets visitors 'digitally unwrap' an Egyptian mummy

A new exhibition in Stockholm uses complex 3D models and a giant touchscreen to let visitors look deep inside an Egyptian sarcophagus. As BBC News reports, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm recently used computed topography (CT) and photogrammetry on eight Egyptian sarcophagi in order to see inside the coffins. It's common to use CT scanning to aid in the analysis of such items, but the museum is turning one of the scans into an 'virtual autopsy table' for a new exhibition.
The table is a giant touchscreen that allows visitors to 'digitally unwrap' the mummy of what's believed to be an ancient Egyptian priest. Visitors can use a slider to peel away layers of the coffin, from the solid sarcophagus...
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