Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Mummy Dearest

by Gary Niederhoff on June 23, 2013

Skeptic Check: Mummy Dearest

Shh …mummy’s the word! We don’t want to provoke the curse of King Tut. Except that there are many curses associated with this fossilized pharaoh – from evil spirits to alien malevolence. So it’s hard to keep know which one we’d face.

We’ll unravel secrets about the famous young pharaoh, including the bizarre events that transpired after the discovery of his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and learn what modern imaging reveals about life 3,000 years ago.

Plus, we dispel myths about how to make a mummy, while learning the origin of that notorious mummy curse. Also, discover why superstitions have survival value.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Jo Marchant on King Tut
Part 2: Andrew Wade on the process of mummification
Part 3: Salim Ikram on Egyptian burial rituals
Part 4: F. DeWolfe Miller on ancient pathogens
Part 5: Stuart Vyse on superstition

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