Speaking dead- Historical investigators
March 29. – 10:00 - December 21. – 18:00
Thousands of secrets, dramatic stories are hidden by the hundreds or even thousands of years of human bone remains. The task of archeologists, anthropologists, is to examine each bone by examining the identity of the deceased, the causes of his death. In our new periodical exhibition, these historical investigators can now hide in their skin and find light for hundreds of years of mysteries. In addition, you can learn about interesting and exciting bone trunks, burial habits, the effects of fatal diseases on bones, and also reveals which bones can help determine the sex of the deceased and the age of the dying.
The exhibition also presents real sensational findings. For example, the partially mummified body, one of the smallest and youngest mummified human remains in the world. According to experts, a premature infant could have been a baby born for six to seven months who was buried in a clay pot in the second half of the 19th century. The deceased was probably not baptized and secretly buried. The body partially mummified, with a copper plate on its back: this coin was placed in the infant’s hand. Copper has done the conservation of the lower part of the body so this body can be considered the world’s first copper-preserved mummy.
In addition, we can get to know different kinds of burial. For example, through a skeleton construction, the rituals and steps of cremation burial are presented. In addition, the exhibition also deals with various deadly diseases: certain diseases have left serious traces on the bones. They exhibit, among other things, skulls and bones on which leprosy, syphilis or even traces of TBC are observed, but also finds where traces of combat injuries can be seen. Visitors can also gain insight into the process of defining the age and sex of the deceased.
In the spirit of the title of the exhibition, the adventurous interested ones can become locals and investigators themselves. They have to solve different puzzles to find out what kind of age and age the bones they found were able to find out what could be the cause of death. Additionally, you can create a family x-ray photo and learn more about this special world through more interactive games.
The exhibition was created by the professional contribution of the Department of Humanities of the University of Szeged.
The exhibition is open until 31 December 2018 at the Ferenc Móra Museum..