Chicago museum to restore 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy

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Visitors look at one of the mummies displayed in the exhibition entittled 'Mummies. Witnesses of the Past', at the Park of Sciences in Granada, south-eastern Spain, 24 October 2014.

Visitors look at one of the mummies displayed in the exhibition entittled 'Mummies. Witnesses of the Past', at the Park of Sciences in Granada, south-eastern Spain, 24 October 2014.

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Visitors look at one of the mummies displayed in the exhibition entittled 'Mummies. Witnesses of the Past', at the Park of Sciences in Granada, south-eastern Spain, 24 October 2014.

Visitors look at one of the mummies displayed in the exhibition entittled 'Mummies. Witnesses of the Past', at the Park of Sciences in Granada, south-eastern Spain, 24 October 2014.

BOSTON - Conservation work has started at Chicago&39;s Field Museum on the 2,500-year-old mummy of a 14-year-old Egyptian boy.

Scientists opened the coffin last week. The boy, named Minirdis, was the son of a priest.

Conservators are hoping to stabilise the mummy and coffin so they can travel in the exhibit Mummies: Images of the Afterlife, which is expected to open in Los Angeles next year in September.

Specifically, conservators are creating wood pieces to repair broken sections of the coffin. They&39;re also using new linen to fill holes and gaps in the death mask.

The Field Museum has had the mummy since the 1920s.

It&39;s part of the museum&39;s collection of 30 complete human mummies from Egypt.