Artifact Title: Borealopelta

Medium: Video

Creator: The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

Video Length: 51:12

Video Title: The World's Best Preserved Armoured Dinosaur

Upload Year: 2018

Platform: YouTube

Screenshot in Image: 16:11

Uploader: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Image Credit: Daphne Moss

TERA Curator: Judith Ellen Brunton


The fossil remains of this creature, named Borealopelta by the paleontologists who unearthed it, was discovered in the Suncor oil sands mine in Fort McMurrary. News coverage of these remains would, at times, call the creature’s body a “Mummy.” What might this label tell us about how we treat the dead, ritual relationships with remains, and museological practices in relation to bodies? What might it mean that the oil industry is a gravekeeper here—or a grave-robber?