RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Egyptian mummy that’s a star attraction at an eastern Indiana college’s museum is closer to getting a climate-controlled chamber that will help preserve the ancient relic.
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded Earlham College’s Joseph Moore Museum more than $4,600 for design work on the temperature-controlled storage case.
Once the design work is done, the museum will seek funding to build the case that will preserve the mummy and her colorfully-painted sarcophagus.
The mummy is that of “Lady Ta’an,” who was the daughter of an Egyptian priest. She lived between 300 and 30 B.C.
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Lady Ta’an arrived in 1889 at the Richmond campus about 65 miles east of Indianapolis. She survived a 1924 fire and is believed to be one of only two mummies in Indiana.