[EAS] Mummies R Us

Peter J. Kindlmann pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Fri Sep 23 23:14:58 EDT 2005

Here is an item from the information age, both whimsical and macabre.
Your online travel agent for a different way of getting away from it all.

(from The Scout Report -- September 23, 2005)

Eternity Travel

There are a number of novel and intriguing ways to present information via
the web, and the Museum of Science in Boston has struck on one with this
rather fine site. With the intent of introducing interested parties to the
world of funerary practices in ancient Egypt, the site allows visitors to
spend 3300 debens (an unit of currency from that period) on selecting their
own tomb, mummification, mummy case, and ìextrasî (such as an amulet or a
statuette). Visitors begin by reading a welcome statement about this
process, and they can add items to their shopping cart, all the while
learning about this fascinating aspect of world history. Of course, visitors
can also click on a number of hypertext links embedded within the item
descriptions to learn more such topics as the benefits of selecting a
shallow urban grave or a canopic jar.

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