Ask a Scientist about Mummies

 

David Hurst Thomas answers kids' questions about mummies in this video interview. He's an archaeologist at the American Museum of Natural History. 

Image Credits:

Egyptian mummy and sarcophagus, World History Archive/Photoshot; Wrapped mummy, Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer; Wrepped mummy head, Cawigder/Alamy; Japanese monk,  Egyptian mummy golden face, Liz Lawley/CC BY-SA 2.0. World map, Ico Romero, AdrienG; Egyptian mummy wrapped in fabric, John Paul Simpson/CC BY-SA 2.0; Egyptian sarcophagus, Prisma Archivo/Alamy; Embalming illustration, DEA Picture Library/Art Resource; Peruvian mummies in pit, Vasenka Photography/CC BY-SA 2.0; vector rock, CC0 Public Domain;  world map,  CC0 Public Domain / Ico Romero; mummy dry environment, Gonzalo Azumendi/AGE Fotostock;   mummy wet environment, Xinhua/Eyevine/Redux; flesh on mummy, © Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0; vector heart and brain, Laymik / The noun project; Battle of Actium and Francisco Pizarro, Mary Evans Picture Library/AGE Fotostock; Alligator mummy, Terry Feuerborn/CC BY-SA 2.0. Mummified cat, Ross Funnell/CC BY-SA 2.0; real mummified cat with x rays, Ross Funnell/CC BY-SA 2.0. Fake mummy cat, World History Archive/AGE Fotostock; Opening of the mouth ceremony, British Museum; Peruvian offering, National Geographic/Bridgeman Images; David Hurst Thomas, David Hurst Thomas/AMNH; mummy in CT Scan, Rise Interactive Institute AB; mummy in CT Scan, PA Images/Alamy.