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The Restoration Commission Ias mummy, currt on display at the Pan American Center, St. George Street, looks as though he's staring back at the camera. He can't be though. Although the -wrappings are authentic, what's inside is just stuffing, says Dr. Carleton Calkin, restoration curator.
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By ANNE CARLING mission's Pan American Cen- mummy, however, is poor. His ter the inStaff Writer' ter, St. George Street. mask is wood. can The mummy, representing a If the truth be known, says ue Ever se mum Paracas Tomb complete with Calkin, his mummy isn't even N n ype that face mask and authentic wrap- real. It's just authentic wrapcr e mean a pings, was created by D ings around some stuffings. ing gold pendant S ro olom:car y~f e mean pings, as creatd by Dr
71 Carleton I. Calkin, restoration "We couldn't find any volun- bia which date to the 1100s and ummy found curator, as a special feature of teers," he claims. 1200s; Peruvian textiles made
coast of Peru the Pre-Colombian show which This form of burial was possi- as early as 700 A.D.; and potean 900 A.D. is the will be on display until April 1. ble in the southern coastal re- tery and stone pieces. highlighth of a collection now On The center is open daily from 9 gion of Peru, Calkin explains, Particulary interesting Mexdisplay at the Restoration Com- a.m. to 5 p.m.. because it only rains there on ican exhibit clude ceramic From 10 to 30 layers of cloth the average of once every 30 sculpture ali a hollow clay were used to wrap a, mummy, years. That area is one of the necklacei, ere d by a talented whose body -was placed-in a driest in the world. Today the craftsmeti wh as able to holflexd positions the knees al- area is desert, he says. low the delic cl clikit pormost touching the chin. The fin- Inhabitants of that time would tion of the n Ie. est cloth was placed next to dig a hole in the earth and line The oldest a'W the body, and the deceased's it with straw ass. Peruvian cr 700 most precious possess ere There were ent o, A.D oos c a and always Wrapped i_ i Calkin says, the and o s und explains. could be u%900 9), ha il.ogs A adfamily. attaed .to his h Always plewas m ndepo 4 mummy were piy cor t& 11 ays of w u.. sed containing food A ie In the C richer gold. next world," Calkin explains.: y en' The can Center we dg.
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