Friday 24 February 2017

Wanted: Volunteer to be mummified

Scientists seek someone to become mummified
Scientists seek someone to become mummified

A terminally-ill volunteer is being sought to donate their body to be mummified and possibly placed in a museum for a TV show.

Channel 4 has contributed a "nominal" sum in early development funding to production company Fulcrum TV to explore the possibilities behind the idea.

Documentary makers are working with a scientist who believes they have cracked the mysteries of ancient Egyptian embalming, which was believed to be a necessary process to continue the journey to the afterlife.

Adverts have been placed saying programme makers are keen to talk to someone faced with terminal illness who would consider undergoing the process.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "If the scientists are able to find a donor we would be willing to follow the process."

It is understood the project is only in its very early proposal stages and may never be turned into a show.

Fulcrum TV's executive producer Richard Belfield spoke to an undercover Independent journalist posing as a possible volunteer.

He was quoted as saying it had been suggested - though it was not obligatory - that the body be placed in a museum exhibition to enable people to understand the mummification process.

Several programmes have tackled the subject of death in recent years.

In 2002, the first public post mortem in the UK for 170 years was broadcast on Channel 4. It was carried out by controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens and drew an outcry from some quarters, while others argued it was an important step in understanding the human body.

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