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FrontRunners: Ancient Egypt's Afterlife

Gay Van Ausdall

Although it may be impossible to solve all the mysteries of an ancient civilization, clues can be found in Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum. The exhibition, which is open from July 10 through October 31 at the Royal BC Museum (888.447.7977, www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca) in Victoria, British Columbia, showcases more than 140 treasures from the British Museum’s collection—the finest in the world outside of Cairo.

Covering a time span from the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza in 2650 B.C. to the fall of Cleopatra in 30 B.C., the exhibit offers an opportunity to explore a culture obsessed with eternal life. You can step inside a mummy’s chamber to see how the dead were prepared for their journey to the afterlife, and examine papyrus rolls containing magical spells for the voyage. Other highlights include the re-creation of a marketplace, a 5,000-pound red granite lion, and a display of food fit for a pharaoh.

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