Competition: Ancient Lives, New Discoveries at the British Museum

Win tickets to the British Museum's fascinating exhibition, plus a luxury stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel.

Cartonnage mummy-mask of Satdjehuty, c 1500BC, 18th Dynasty © Trustees of the British Museum

Cartonnage mummy-mask of Satdjehuty, c 1500BC, 18th Dynasty

Ancient Lives, New Discoveries explores the lives of eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming. They include a temple singer, the daughter of a priest and a woman with a Christian tattoo.

The British Museum has over 100 mummies in its collection; technology has been critical in uncovering what these mummies reveal about ancient cultures. A full x-ray survey of the bodies was conducted in the 1960s and CT scans followed in the 1990s. Now the latest medical scanners have captured data of unprecedented high resolution, making it possible to produce 3D visualisations of eight of the museum's mummies. The mummies selected for this research project cover a period of over 4,000 years, from the Predynastic period to the Christian era. They reveal that mummification was used by people at different levels of society, and was not just the preserve of Pharaohs.

We're giving away a pair of exhibition tickets and a catalogue to one lucky artfund.org reader, plus a luxury overnight stay with breakfast for two at the four-star deluxe Bloomsbury Street Hotel. This beguiling Bloomsbury landmark beautifully brings style and comfort together, just moments from the British Museum.

For the chance to win, fill in the form below. The competition closes on Friday 15 August at 11.59pm. One entry per person. Please download the terms and conditions.

Ancient Lives, New Discoveries is at the British Museum, London, until 30 November 2014. Get 50% off entry with the National Art Pass.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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