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Thursday, January 12, 2012


MOVIES & MUMMYS—This Saturday, the San Diego Museum of Man presents a public lecture on the ancient Egyptian mummy genre and its early 21st century return to American film screens. With Universal Studios' special-effects-driven remake and sequel, The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), mummies have made a comeback with the proliferation of Netflix venues and TV rerun programming everywhere.

Called “Unwrapping the Mummy: Hollywood Fantasies, Egyptian Realities, the lecture is set for Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 11am in SDMoM’s Gill Auditorium in Balboa Park, 1350 El Prado Lecture free with paid admission to the museum and is also free to SDMoM members. Info: 619. 239-2001.

Stuart Tyson Smith, PhD,Professor & Chair of Anthropology, UC California, Santa Barbara will compare Hollywood's depiction of mummies to the insights that archaeology and Egyptology have given us into the reality of death and burial in ancient Egypt, where mummies took a central, if a generally less mobile, role. Dr. Smith will conclude his talk by considering the origins of Hollywood's mummy myths and offering some insights into the process of being a consultant on Stargate, The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns.

SDMom is an accredited Smithsonian affiliate. It is located beneath the ornate 200-foot California Tower, the SDMoM is the city's only museum devoted to anthropology and archaeology. With its Spanish colonial and mission style architecture, the landmark building was originally constructed for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. Today, a key focus of the SDMoM is to create and display dynamic and educational anthropological exhibits about people and places throughout the Americas and around the world. For more information on the SDMoM, please visit

Image: San Diego Museum of Man is located in Balboa Park below the famed California Tower. Photo of the California Tower was taken in 1915 just after its completion. Image is courtesy of the San Diego Museum of Man Marketing Dept and San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-6203,

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