(Re)Discovering Life in the Nile Valley: New technologies for studying ancient remains — How well do they work?

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Bloomsbury Summer School (Study Day)
Course title:
(Re)Discovering Life in the Nile Valley: New technologies for studying ancient remains – How well do they work?

To what extent do scientific techniques help us understand the archaeology of the Nile Valley? Recent years have seen a surge in scientific analyses of archaeological remains — but with varying degrees of success and sparking considerable debate. This study day will focus on the current state of research on the Nile Valley pertaining to human and animal remains, and what they reveal about the cultures of ancient Egypt and Nubia.

The day’s lectures presented a variety of fascinating case studies where archaeology and science have been used together to investigate life and death along the Nile. Throughout the day, we were actively encouraged to think critically and consider difficult questions. For example, is excavating more graves really necessary and can it be justified? Is it ethical to unwrap a mummy or scan human remains? Is it wrong to undertake destructive analysis of human and animal remains? Lidija and Iwona engaged us in discussing these controversial issues in the light of new scientific techniques and their future direction in the study of ancient Egypt and Nubia.
Period19 Sept 2020
Event typeCourse
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Nile Valley
  • Human remains
  • Mummies
  • Ethics
  • Bloomsbury Summer School