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Mummies & Medicine: Postmortem is the New Undead

Between Twilight and True Blood, pop culture's postmortem creature du jour is the vampire. But what about mummies, those lovable cloth-wrapped corpses from times more ancient than vampires? From a historical and archaeological perspective, mummies are much cooler than vampires, so spend your Halloween at the Legion of Honor's Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine opening this Saturday, Halloween. More science than myth, the exhibit uses scientific and medical studies of Egyptian mummies as a window into ancient Egyptian society. The exhibit features Irethorrou, the Fine Arts Museum's prized mummy since 1944, and the results of a CT-Scan, delicately performed by researchers at Stanford Medical Center. The exhibit includes footage of Irethorrou's field trip to Stanford. The show runs through July 4, 2010. Mummies in 2010!

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