Join the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture for the lecture, "Eternal Egyptians: Mummies from Ancient Egypt," by world-renowned scholar, Salima Ikram.
Ancient Egyptian mummies have gripped the popular imagination from early times. Mummies have been regarded as immortals, a source of medicine, terrifying monsters, and objects of curiosity. Now they are regarded as an invaluable source of information of funerary beliefs, technology, ancient diet, and the health of the ancient Egyptians. This lecture explores the history of mummies in the post-Pharaonic era, as well as how the Ancient Egyptians mummified their dead.
The lecture series is part of the celebration of the museum's fiftieth anniversary, and is free and open to all. The series brings in worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum's collections and exhibitions on archaeology, Egyptology, decorative arts, the American Civil War, geology, and natural history.
Dr. Salima Ikram is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and has worked in Egypt since 1986. She has lived in Pakistan, the US, UK and Egypt. She received her Ph.D. in Egyptian archaeology from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project, and is Co-director of the North Kharga Oasis Survey. Dr. Ikram has worked on several excavations in Egypt as well as in the Sudan, Greece, and Turkey. Her primary research interests are death, daily life in all periods in Egypt, archaeozoology, rock art, experimental archaeology, and the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage. She has lectured on these and other subjects all over the world.
Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
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