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Dr. Salima Ikram, distinguished university professor and AUC Press author, will give a virtual talk on ‘Death, Mummification, and Burials in Ancient Egypt.’
The ancient Egyptians enjoyed life and believed that death was but a gateway to an eternal existence, much like this one, except better. That is why they lavished care, time, and expense on the preparation and preservation of their bodies, as well as their tombs, replete with objects that they would need for the afterlife. This lecture explores the Egyptian ideas of death and the preparation for the afterlife.
Professor Ikram teaches at the American University in Cairo, and has worked in Egypt since 1986. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission-KV10/KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. She publishes in both scholarly and popular venues, focusing on funerary archaeology, daily life, foodways, archaeozoology, rock art, environmental history, ethno- and experimental archaeology, and the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage.
She is the author of several books including Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt (AUC Press, 2015), A Book Riot 100 Must-Read Book on Ancient History, and Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt (AUC Press, 2015).
In March 2022, the Explorers Club (EC50) announced the winners of its second annual Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World that the World Needs to Know About. Among them is Salima Ikram, “a leading Egyptologist and former director of the Animal Mummy Project.” The EC50 was established to reflect the great diversity of individuals on the cutting edge of exploration, and to help amplify the voices of these trailblazers.