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History: January 2013 Archives

Egyptian mummies brought to life

This morning, we meet three Egyptian mummies - with the bandages off!

Victoria Lywood, the forensic artist who reconstructed the faces of a young man, a young woman and a white-haired granny who lived thousands of years ago tells Ainslie MacLellan how she did it.

Theban Male(Left) Facial reconstruction of Theban male mummy, Theban Ladyapproximate age: early 20s; (Ptolemaic Period 332-30 BCE). (Photo courtesy of forensic artist Victoria Lywood.)

(Right) Facial reconstruction of Theban female mummy, approximate age: 30-50 years old; (Late Roman Period 230-380 CE). (Photo courtesy of forensic artist Victoria Lywood.)


Mummy(Bottom left) Facial reconstruction of Fayum female mummy, approximate age: 18-24 years old (mid-Roman Period 96-161 CE). (Photo courtesy of forensic artist Victoria Lywood.)


All three mummies are on display at McGill University's Redpath Museum in February.

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Château Ramezay: looking for volunteers

musee-du-chateau-ramezay.jpgWe sometimes invite you to visit a particular museum exhibit. But this morning we're going to tell you how you can become one of the guides instead.

The Château Ramezay in Old Montreal was built in 1705, and it was the very first building designated an historic monument in Quebec. It was also selected by an international team of historians and journalists as one of the "1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die." (Photo courtesy of Château Ramezay)

This month, the Château Ramezay is looking for volunteer history guides, and they'll train you for 9 weeks to get you ready. Jim Little is the coordinator of the English Guides Preparatory Course at the Château and he spoke with Elizabeth Robertson this morning.

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St-Benoit-du-Lac abbey celebrates 100th

abbaye 2.jpgOne of the very few Benedictine monasteries in Canada just celebrated its 100th anniversary. 
The monastery at Saint-Benoit-du-Lac looks out over Lac Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships. It's famed for its Gregorian chant.
The CBC's Sarah Rogers visited Saint-Benoit-du-Lac to hear the story from the abbot,The Very Reverend Dom André Laberge.

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