Philly museum removes mummies after China objects

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 10:06 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A museum in Philadelphia will remove two mummies and more than 100 historical artifacts from a long-awaited exhibit because of objections from Chinese officials.

The exhibit "Secrets of the Silk Road" was to open on Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The main attraction was a nearly 4,000-year-old pristinely preserved mummy from far western China.

Museum spokeswoman Pam Kosty said Wednesday she cannot discuss details of the dispute. The exhibit already has been displayed at museums in Texas and California.

Kosty says several thousand tickets were pre-sold for the exhibit. The museum plans to put on a pared-down display with photos of the mummies and artifacts, along with multimedia exhibits.

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