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Mummies of the World Public Lecture

November 11, 2017


TIME: 10:00 AM


Mummies and mummification practices throughout the world offer insight into various cultures, particularly ancient Egypt.  Dr. David Hunt explores how mummies are made and shares research done on mummies in the collection at the National Museum of Natural History, including the use of non-invasive modern techniques such as X-ray and CT scanning.  Learn about the discovery of the Iceman, compare human-made mummies to naturally-made mummies, and discover how animals such as alligators and cats were also embalmed. Limited seating available. Click here to register for the public lecture.

Special Guided Tour 

Following the presentation, Dr. Hunt will be available for a guided tour throughout the Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Separate ticket to the exhibition is required for the guided tour. Click the buy tickets button above to purchase your exhibition ticket.

About Dr. Hunt

Dr. David Hunt is the Collections Manager for the Physical Anthropology Division, encompassing all human skeletal and non-skeletal collections at the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History.   He oversees more than 30,000 cataloged human remains, including mummies and other dried soft tissues, as well as non-skeletal materials such as facecasts, busts, hair and dermal tissues. 

He graduated from the University of Illinois with B.A. degrees in Physical Anthropology and Classical Archaeology.  He continued his education at the University of Tennessee, working with large skeletal collections housed there, as well as being one of the first students to work in the famed “Body Farm” (human decay rate research facility), receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, specializing in Skeletal Biology and Forensic Anthropology. 

Dr. Hunt's research specialties include human skeletal biology, human variation, forensic anthropology, and mummies of the world.  He is active in forensic consultation for medical examiner’s offices and, with his particular research in human cranial morphology, is an advisor for facial reconstruction and age progression at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  His fieldwork in archaeology and physical anthropology has taken him to Mongolia, Italy, Egypt, Argentina, Spain and a multitude of sites and locations in the U.S.

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