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South Dakota State researchers looking behind a mummy mask

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Egypt is more than 6000 miles away from Brookings, South Dakota.

But this week, research underway at South Dakota State University could reveal more about ancient Egypt.

Researchers at SDSU are working with the National Bible Museum to uncover more information about this mummy mask. It comes from a private collection from the United Kingdom. And they've already learned about it's creation.

"Here this gold area has a high amount of gold and silver, blue area high copper containing, there's arsenic in the yellow, there's iron oxide in the red pigments so these pigments were made from natural tree gums and animal glues," Christian Widener said.  He's director of the Arbegast Materials Processing Lab.

Researchers are also using some specialized computer equipment to look at the underside of the mask. Often such masks were created using discarded manuscripts.

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