Originally designed as a mansion by Bullfinch in 1919 the Cabot Museum of Archaeology is a small museum that specialises in objects from ancient and unknown civilisations. Before interest in the ancient Pacific mummy in 1932 it held little public interest but had widespread recognition in scientific circles. The mummy's presence caused a surge of occult visitors and break ins leading to the death of a guard and 2 intruders on the 1st of December 1932.
Collection[edit | edit source]
By 1931 the Hall of Mummies on the second floor of the West Wing is said to be the finest collection of its kind in America, housing:
- Egyptian Mummies from Early Sakkarah through to the 8th century Coptic period.
- Prehistoric Indian examples from the Aleutian Islands.
- Several petrified citizens from the ruins of Pompeii.
- "Natural" mummies from people trapped in mines around the world.
- The mummy of T'yog which entered the collection in Nov. 1879.
- Preserved bodies from the crypts of Château Fausses-flammes in Averoigne, France obtained in Spring 1931.
The Museum also has a basement library of books on lost cultures which also contains T'yog's scroll.
Staff[edit | edit source]
- Curator Pickman - The curator in 1879.
- Richard H. Johnson Ph.D. - The curator in the early 1930s.
- Wentworth Moore Sc.D. - The museum taxidermist in the early 1930s.
- Lawrence Cabot and Dudley Salton - Museum trustees in the early 1930s.
- Drs Mason, Wells and Carver - Museum staff in the early 1930s.