Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

The Science Museum of Minnesota worked with COSI to develop this 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibit about the continuing quest to unlock the secrets of Ancient Egypt. The exhibit focuses on the ongoing work of archaeologists whose main objective is the acquisition of knowledge rather than the collection of treasures. The exhibit is a unique blend of artifacts and interactive components. Hands-on activities allow visitors to explore the work of archaeologists both in the field and in the lab. Video interviews introduce the real scientists working in Egypt, including the team uncovering the lost city of the workers who built the pyramids at Giza. Full-size photo panoramas allow visitors to experience the full impact of wall paintings from several ancient tombs. Artifacts, including amulets, ostraka, canopic jars, animal mummies, and a human mummy, help visitors understand the culture and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.

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Archeology Diorama
Archeology Diorama
Visitors explore a recreation of an Egyptian archeological dig site, looking for clues as to what types of activities were going on in the region 3,000 years ago.

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Process of Archeology
Process of Archeology
Archeologists in Egypt need to know all different kinds of branches of science, including the anatomy of the animals whose bones they find at a dig site.

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Pyramid Block Challenge
Pyramid Block Challenge
Some simple technology made it easier to build pyramids. Lost Egypt visitors can try their hand at pulling heavy pyramid blocks with and without a sled runner underneath.

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Reconstructing pottery
Reconstructing pottery
Once archeologists find artifacts in the field, their job isn’t done. As with these pottery shards, they have to piece things together back in the lab.

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Build a Pyramid
Build a Pyramid
If only building a pyramid was as easy as building with blocks. This simple interactive shows the complexity of building a pyramid, and the planning it required.

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Discovering Tomb Art
Discovering Tomb Art
What does it all mean? The intricate, detailed paintings on tomb walls each tell a story about the life and afterlife journey of the deceased.

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Egypt Floor Map
Egypt Floor Map
Where in the world? Walking across a satellite photo map of Egypt helps orient visitors to the unique geography of a country that is mostly desert.

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Annie the Mummy
Annie the Mummy
Annie, an anonymous teen-age female mummy, was found floating in the Nile River. There is lot of mystery about why an unknown girl would get a mummified burial.

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Decoding the Rosetta Stone
Decoding the Rosetta Stone
The discovery of the Rosetta Stone–carrying the same message in Egyptian hieroglyphs, Coptic and Greek–was a key resource overcoming the language barriers in understanding ancient Egyptian culture.
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