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ARCE/NY VIRTUAL LECTURE Saturday October 15, 2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY) presents:

Forensic Egyptology, Graeco-Roman Child Mummies & Tutankhamun

SPEAKER: Dr. Janet Davey

REGISTRATION: RSVP to You will be emailed a Zoom link to attend the lecture. Note: Space is limited to 100 participants.

DATE/ TIME: Saturday, October 15th, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST.


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ABSTRACT: Forensic Egyptology utilises modern medical and scientific technology to perform non-invasive, non-destructive examinations of ancient Egyptian mummified bodies.  This presentation will show how the various methodologies have enabled fourteen Graeco-Roman child mummies to be investigated to determine, age, sex, injuries and possible cause of death.  The investigative protocols used follow those adhered to in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) situations. 

The presentation will conclude with an overview of the investigation into the mummified remains of Tutankhamun and how, if modern medical technology had been available, many of the theories about his mummification and death may have been challenged.

About the Speaker:  Janet Davey holds an MSc in Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology from the University of Manchester, UK, and a PhD in Forensic Egyptology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.  Janet is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Department of Forensic Medicine (Faculty of Medicine). She is based at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine where she has access to the support of other forensic experts for her research.  Academic papers relating to this research are readily available online.

Janet’s investigation into a cohort of Graeco-Roman child mummies is the first of its kind and it has added information about mummification techniques and the perils of childhood in that era. She has recently been involved with a team to restore the face of one of these children who had suffered a severe post-mortem injury at mummification.   

Janet has travelled and lectured extensively in Australia, Egypt and internationally.  She has a particular interest in Tutankhamun and entered his collection into the Egyptian Museum Data Base when she was based at the museum in 2006.    

Please enjoy ARCE’s podcast series. Here are the links:

Aftermath of Tutankhamen’s Reign

A talk by Maggie Bryson that discusses the aftermath of the reign of Tutankhamun, what happened after his death as well as the lasting impacts of the Amarna period on Egypt. She discusses the role of the general Horemheb and the transition to the next Dynasty. 

Tutankhamen’s Court

Nozomu Kawai explains the political situation during the reign of King Tutankhamun and highlights the most important women and men in his court. He also details the vast building program of the King and what could be his motives behind it.

The Lineage of Tutankhamen

This talk, by Dr. Aidan Dodson, discusses Tutankhamen’s family history, the DNA studies done on his mummy and some of the objects found in his tomb.

Inside the Tomb of Tutankhamen

Dr. Salima Ikram discusses the tomb’s treasures and decorations, as well as the king’s mummy and what is unique about it.

Al Amasili Project in Rosetta

We talk with Dr. Kenawi about the Amasili Project: the multidisciplinary conservation of an Ottoman-period house in the center of Rosetta. In addition to learning about its novel approach to heritage conservation, we discuss threats to heritage sites and consider some unanswered questions about Egypt’s last Ptolemaic rulers.

ARCE is hard at work preserving many sites in Egypt for future generations. Please take a look at virtual tours of some of these sites.

The Jewish cemetery of Basatin

The Tomb of Menna

The Bab Zuwayla

Aslam al-Silahdar Mosque

Zawiya-Sabil Faraj IBN Barquq

Monastery of St. Anthony

The Museum at the Monastery of St. Anthony

Theban Tombs 159 and 286

The Temple of Khonsu at Karnak

The Statues of Rahotep and Nofret

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