UMI'S DAY OUT

NKU got chummy with a Cincinnati mummy in January.

 
By Rodney Wilson | Video by Rodney Wilson | Published Feb. 01, 2019
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When Umi passed away at the tragic age of around 5 years old, his parents couldn't have known that the young Egyptian would, some 2,000 years later, make news in a Kentucky university.

But in January, the little mummy—now a resident of the Cincinnati Museum Center's Museum of Natural History & Science—made history as the first person to be x-rayed and scanned in Northern Kentucky University's Health Innovation Center. (The machines in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center aren't permitted to be used on people, but Umi's condition allowed for an exception.) 

The project was a unique cross-disciplinary learning experience, and the scans are being examined for clues to what might have caused the child's death. NKU will produce a 3-D printed plastic replica of Umi's body, as well as prints of amulets wrapped with the mummy, which will be gifted to the museum for display when Umi returns to the floor in March.

Check out the video above for a look at Umi's day at NKU. 

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