It is a historic week at Chicago’s Field Museum as scientists open the coffin of 2500 year old Egyptian mummy.
This is the first time Field researchers have opened his wooden coffin. They say it was likely opened in the late 1800’s and moved sometime after that.
The mummy, named Minirdis, is scheduled to be part of a traveling exhibit next year, but not until it is painstakingly repaired enough for travel.
Experts believe Minirdis was between 12 and 14-years-old when he died. And while they can’t determine the exact cause it is possible infection or organ failure took his life.
Workers have spent months of very slow and intricate work to stabilize and restore the ancient artifact.
As the puzzle is laid out on a table, the mummy and its exposed feet are photographed detailing the wrappings which split among the heavy oil and resin used in the mummification process – then believed to be beautiful – now adding a layer of difficulty to the restoration.
It’s fragile and difficult work yet extremely exciting for these scientists with little to no up close exposure to ancient mummies.