The programme retrospectively includes the story of the museum’s scanning, academic research and identification of a fully wrapped, presumed hawk mummy and the find that it was in fact a 23-28 week gestation male foetus with anencephaly, dating to around 300BC.
Samantha Harris Collections Manager at Maidstone Museum who features on the programme with presenter Bettany Hughes said:
“It is fantastic that Maidstone Museum’s Mummy was chosen to feature as part of this series and highlights the amazing artefacts we have in Maidstone.
“It was really fascinating to be able to take part in the programme which gave us the opportunity to showcase some of the findings from international research which took place over previous years as part of the museum’s award shortlisted Ancient Lives gallery reinterpretation project”.
The programme was filmed more than a year ago now before Covid restrictions and is the culmination of great partnership working between Maidstone Museum, KIMS Hospital, University of Western Ontario and Nikon.
For more information see the Maidstone Museum blog: https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/hawk-mummy-not-hawk-mummy/.