Challenges and Potential of Studying Commingled Human Remains at Theban Necropolis, Egypt: The Example of Tomb TT95

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentationResearch

Description

Centuries of use of Theban tombs for both funerary and habitual purposes, combined with multiple episodes of plundering had disastrous consequences for the interred human remains. Many of the tombs contain disarticulated and heavily commingled human remains, both mummified and skeletonised, presenting particularly significant difficulties in establishing the number of original and later tomb occupants, and their demographic and health profiles. This presentation will focus on the case study of Tomb TT95 and discuss the approach, main challenges and limitations, but also potential in studying such assemblages. Taking this opportunity, we would like to present a database, designed and created specifically for the project, as well as the most interesting pathological findings in the human remains from TT95 observed macroscopically and using x-ray imaging.
Period22 May 2018
Event titleExtraordinary World Congress on Mummy Studies
Event typeConference
LocationSanta Cruz, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Theban necropolis
  • commingled remains
  • imaging
  • online database
  • palaeopathology