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The mission of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium is to advance knowledge of ancient Egyptian mummies from Akhmim and other regions. We use our findings to increase understanding of the processes and rituals of Egyptian mummification. 
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Historically, the Consortium's work has focused on mummies excavated in cemeteries located east of the town called Akhmim, known in late antiquity as Panopolis. The ancient population of Akhmim has fascinated scholars for decades.  Located 300 miles south of Cairo, Akhmim was a major center of the cult of the god Min. This deity was integral to Egyptian religious concepts of fertility and resurrection. Many of the mummies under study by the Consortium belonged to the priesthood of Min. Since 2005, the significance of these mummies is being carefully assessed using modern CT scanning and 3D printing technology.
                                                                                                                       
The Consortium has assisted museums in developing exhibit content based on its research findings. It has developed an extensive collection of original forensic facial reconstructions of ancient people based on its ongoing analysis of mummy data. Through a program of publication, exhibitions and live presentations, the Consortium is making its research findings available to a wide audience.
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The AMSC exhibition Wrapped The Mummy of Pesed now on display at The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg

Link to the exhibition: Wrapped! The Search for the Essential Mummy

Collaborative Activities

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Cartonnage mummy mask of Pesed İAMSCResearch, LLC 2012, All Rights Reserved

Collaborations 

Spring 2012: The Mummy Project at Asti: Ankhpakhered - Wehemefankh

The Consortium collaborated with prominent Italian Egyptologist Sabina Malgora in creating the forensic facial reconstruction of an unnamed mummy found reburied in the coffin of Ankhpakhered, from Akhmim. The mummy resides today in Asti, Italy. The reconstructed face inspired a new name for this unknown person. The plaster portrait of Wehemefankh, ("May he live again") was produced from a rapid prototyped model of the mummy's skull, printed by the Consortium at the facilities of Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Malgora held an important news conference about this project in Asti (22 April 2012) featuring the skull model. The forensic sculpture by J.P. Elias was revealed for the first time in Milan on 10 May 2012.

Autumn 2012: 3D Printshow, London, UK

The Consortium exhibited its life size torso of a Egyptian mummy from Akhmim at the 3D Printshow, London (October 19th to 21st 2012). This 3D printed model was developed by the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium in collaboration with the Bioanthropology and Digital Analysis Laboratory of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg in 2009.

Winter 2013: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts CT Scan of Tcheby

Peter Schertz, Curator of Ancient Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA invited the Consortium to help analyze CT scan data of the 4000+ year old mummy of Tjeby (Tcheby), unearthed at the Upper Egyptian site of Sheikh Farag in 1923. The scan was performed for the VMFA by Dr. Jim Snyder at HCA's Independence Park Imaging Center on the evening of February 2, 2013.  Tjeby was a nobleman who lived during a fractious time in Egyptian history known as the First Intermediate Period (2181 - 2040 BC). Central governmental authority had completely broken down, and power rested with community leaders in various provinces. The cemetery of Sheikh Farag is located about 20 miles south of Akhmim on the eastern side of the Nile. Little is known about the methods and rituals of mummification common in the region at this time. The prospect of working on an individual mummified at such a remote period is extremely exciting.

Summer 2013: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Massachusetts, CT Scan of the Mummy of Padihershef

Jonathan Elias of AMSC Research was asked to perform the analysis and forensic facial reconstruction of Padihershef, following the successful CT scan of 4 March 2013. Padihershef (van Lennep's Mummy) is the first mummy to be imported to the United States (1823). He was only partly unwrapped by physician John Warren in that year and so survived to be scanned and studied today. AMSC is privileged to participate in this important project.

Summer 2013: Meran, Italy, CT scan of and elderly Ptolemaic woman from Akhmim

AMSC Research was asked to assist in the analysis of a mummy located in an historic collection in Meran Italy. Drs. Sabina Malgora, Chantal Milani, and Albert Zink were co-partcipants in the research. The preliminary results of this study on this elderly female were presented at the 8th World Congress of Mummy Studies, Rio de Janeiro, in August 2013.

Autumn 2013: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Exhibition entitled Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed

On 25 October, AMSC Research opened its 5000+ sq. ft. exhibition on Egyptian mummies at The Manitoba Museum in downtown Winnipeg. It features the mummy of the Akhmimic woman named Pesed, on loan from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. This is the third venue for the "Wrapped" exhibition, and AMSC Research is honored to be able to have its research materials on view by large audiences in an important Canadian cultural centre. 

Read the WRIC article on Tjeby's CT scan by AP's Michael Felberbaum

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Skull Model of the unknown mummy "Wehemefankh" İAMSCResearch, LLC, 2012 All Rights Reserved

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News Conference at Asti, Italy April 2012

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Website Last Updated:  28 October 2013.

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Wehemefankh, sculpture by J. P. Elias İAMSCResearch, LLC, 2012 All Rights Reserved