Northwestern electrical engineering and computer science students, used augmented reality design tools and data from recent CT and X-ray scans of the mummy, to create a real-time digital window into the internal structure of the mummy.
Augmented reality tours of the Hibbard mummy will be demonstrated by a Block Museum docent on Wednesdays at Noon and Saturdays at 3 p.m. from Jan. 13 to April 22.
Northwestern Materials Science and Classics/Humanities Class
In fall of 2017, Northwestern undergraduate student researchers, under the guidance of instructors Marc Walton and Taco Terpstra, scientifically analyze a Roman-Egyptian period portrait mummy to collect data that will aid in the historical inquiry and contextualize its meaning in preparation for its exhibition at the Block Museum of Art, beginning in January. Video courtesy Block Museum of Art.
Argonne National Laboratory Experiment
On Nov. 27, 2017, Stuart R. Stock, research professor of cell and molecular biology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, worked with Argonne National Laboratory technicians, to conduct the first X-ray scattering experiment on a human mummy. The high-energy synchrotron X-rays produced by Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source probed inside the mummy to help identify materials and objects, while leaving the mummy and her wrappings intact. Video courtesy of Northwestern University.
(Argonne National Laboratory drone footage courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital CT Scan
Prior to its Nov. 27 trip to Argonne National Laboratory, the mummy had a CT scan at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in August 2017. The scan gave researchers a 3-D map of the structure, revealing opaque areas meriting a closer look with the synchrotron experiment at Argonne. The CT scan also enabled them to confirm the girl is 5 years old (give or take nine months). Video courtesy of Northwestern University.