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The Tomb of The Animal Mummies

Transcript-The Tomb of the Animal Mummies
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Ever wonder what a mummy smells like? Or why millions of animals were mummified - including baboons? We climb into ancient tombs with Egyptologist Salima Ikram, to discover the science and culture of animal mummies. Salima is a real life tomb adventurer, cautious of scorpions and curious about the dead. Join us this Halloween as we excavate the secrets behind mummies!

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Podcast art for "The Tomb of the Animal Mummies." Mummified cat cartoon with Egypt in the background.



Photo of Salima Ikram

Salima Ikram is the Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. She's been on archaeological missions in Egypt and has directed various projects, including the Animal Mummy Project.

Hear Salima discuss a recent mummy discovery:

Here's an interview with Salima from Trowelblazers, a super cool blog that promotes the efforts of women in the "digging" sciences:


Want to see an animal mummy? You've come to the right place! Salima provided these images.

Mummified cat

That's a cat!

Shrew mummy

This image shows you the inside of a shrew mummy.


For the King Tut fans out there, here's the Greeking Out episode that Marshall mentioned at the end of the episode:

Check out the rest of the podcasts in the Nat Geo Kids Ancient Egypt Podcast Party!


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