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Expert visit to Egyptian Mummy gallery
The Department of Archeology and Museum roped in a chemical expert from Australia, Vinod Daniel, to seize the decay and weave a narrative around the life and death of the mummy, said to be the daughter of a pharaoh. The mummy shall be shifted into a new case, similar to enclosing of the clothes of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi The oxygen-free case will maintain humidity at around 40 per cent and its interiors will be aired by nitrogen to check bacterial growth. It's the concern of bacteria that deterred Mr. Daniel from opening the case. The 2,351-year-old mummy will receive a new lease of life as Mr.Daniel is doing a pro-bono job for the department.
"Our aim is to ensure that the mummy does not decay further and is preserved hereon and Mr. Daniel is helping us do this without costing anything," said department's Director Sunita Bhagwat. Mr. Daniel, on his part, has mentioned a one-year time frame for conserving the artifact. Besides conservation, researching the mummy to learn more about it has he has been suggested by him. This will help in building a story that could be narrated to the visitors. Like three decades ago, when X-ray scan of the mummy revealed a missing tooth, this time Mr. Daniel believes a CT scan could throw light specifically on the death of the 16-year-old girl who never ceases to awe visitors in her wraps.