A museum wasn’t sure whose head it had put on display. That’s when the F.B.I.’s forensic scientists were called in to crack the agency’s oldest case.
Getty Conservation Institute scientists, in a joint conservation program with Egypt, have found that mysterious brown spots on murals were dead mold and fungus.
The remains, which are thought to be more than 1,500 years old, were discovered at a funerary site being excavated by students from Cairo University.
“Mummies,” an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, uses technology to get a better understanding of ancient Peruvians and Egyptians.
Workers are using a laser on the 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk, which has stood in Central Park since 1881.