Salima Ikram - "Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt" - Aidan Dodson and Janice Kamrin

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Salima Ikram

Salima Ikram will discuss Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt. She will be joined in conversation by Aidan Dodson and Janice Kamrin.

Virtual event

Presented in partnership with the American University in Cairo


About the book: Death, burial, and the afterlife were as important to the ancient Egyptians as how they lived. This well-illustrated book explores all aspects of death in ancient Egypt, including beliefs of the afterlife, mummification, the protection of the body, tombs and their construction and decoration, funerary goods, and the funeral itself. It also addresses the relationship between the living and the dead, and the magico-religious interaction of these two in ancient Egyptian culture. Salima Ikram’s own experience with experimental mummification and funerary archaeology lends the book many original and provocative insights. In addition, a full survey of development in the field makes this a unique book that combines all aspects of death and burial in ancient Egypt into one volume.

About the author: A Distinguished Professor at AUC and an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, Salima Ikram has been an archaeologist in Egypt since 1986. She has co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and has directed the Animal Mummy Project, the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey, and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, Ikram has published extensively in both scholarly and popular venues on diverse subject matters, ranging from traditional Egyptological subjects to zooarchaeological topics.

About Aidan Dodson: A Simpson Professor of Egyptology at AUC in 2013, Aidan Dodson studied at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and was Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016. Dodson is the author of 26 books — two co-written with Salima Ikram.

About Janice Kamrin: Janice Kamrin’s research interests include funerary culture and the archaeology of Thebes in the Middle Kingdom and first millennium. She is part of the department’s Joint Expedition to Malqata, the New Kingdom festival-city of Amenhotep III. Previously she lived in Egypt, where she taught at AUC, directed several projects at the Egyptian Museum for the American Research Center in Egypt, and worked closely with Dr. Zahi Hawass on a variety of initiatives for the Egyptian antiquities service.


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