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"Can you see anything?" whispered Lord Carnarvon as, with the light of a candle, Howard Carter peered for the first time into the tomb of Tutankhamun. "Yes, wonderful things," came the famous reply. Those wonderful things came to light on 26 November 1922, sparking a popular and enduring fascination around the world with all things ancient, mummified and Egyptian.
Ashmolean returns Ancient Egyptian mummies to public view in £5m show The Oxford museum unveils its new galleries, which include many mummies never before exhibited
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has opened six spectacular new galleries for its world-renowned Egyptian collections, exhibiting objects that have been in storage since the Second World War, and more than doubling the number of mummies and coffins on display. 40,000 artefacts collected over 300 years, from over 100 archaelogical sites, have been rehoused including collections by Sir William Petrie. Various sculptures, including limestone statues of the fertility god Min which date to 3300 BC, and a fantastic collection of mummies and coffins. The conservation of the vast collections has been a huge undertaking - more than 9200 hours - and has involved cutting edge conservation techniques. The Mummy of Djeddjehutyiuefankh even went for a CT scan at the local hospital. The Ashmolean, Oxford’s 300-year-old university museum, reopened after a major expansion in 2009. It is home to some of the finest Egyptian and Nubian collections in the country, with Predynastic and Protodynastic material which ranks amongst the most significant in the world.