Field Museum presents rarely seen ancient remains "unwrapped" through latest technology

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CHICAGO, IL.- An unprecedented and limited-time exhibition will be on display at The Field Museum starting February 17 and running through April 22, 2012. Opening the Vaults: Mummies is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the public to view over 20 mummified individuals from Egypt and Peru held in The Field Museum’s extensive collections, including complete humans and animals. The Museum obtained most of these remains from the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Many have not been on display since and are being shown in their original 19th century display cases. But make no mistake – Mummies is truly a 21st century exhibition. The Field Museum has a large collection of Egyptian and Peruvian mummies, many of which had not been thoroughly studied until last year because avoiding damage was a priority. In 2011, Museum scientists performed non-invasive CT scans of several mummies, virtually &#14