Scientific Examination of Graeco-Roman Mummies

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch

Description

This talk focused on the Graeco-Roman mummies housed at the Manchester Museum. Since the Manchester Museum Mummy Project conducted in the 1970s, X-ray imaging has remained a prominent and increasingly accessible investigative tool in mummy studies, continually driving research forward. Mummies in museum collections also benefit from accessibility to clinical facilities which offer a broader spectrum of ever-evolving state-of-the-art modalities. Over the past four decades, the Manchester mummies have been extensively studied through collaboration with the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which allows the use of the imaging facilities and trained staff out of clinic hours for the purpose of research. The images generated have been used to reconstruct individual life biographies of the deceased, investigate the methods of mummification and treatment of the body in preparation for burial, and gather evidence of any irregularities.
Period13 Apr 2021
Held atBloomsbury Summer School, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Mummification
  • Graeco-Roman Period
  • Manchester Museum
  • X-ray Computed Tomography
  • Bioarchaeology