Digitally Unwrapping an Egyptian Mummy
The Saskatchewan Archaeological Society is pleased to present Dr. Nancy Lovell (Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta) giving a free, public lecture, "Digitally Unwrapping an Egyptian Mummy". All are welcome to attend. An ancient Egyptian mummy and its coffin, dating to the time of Cleopatra, were donated to the University of Alberta in 1979. Although of non-elite status, the mummy and coffin are of tremendous cultural and scientific significance. In order to visualize the results of the mummification process, to determine the sex and age at death of the individual, and to identify any pathological conditions, all without physically unwrapping the mummy, the mummy was x-rayed and CT scanned. The first studies were done in 1981, and repeated in 1996 and 2016. As a result of the re-studies some early interpretations were confirmed, while others were refuted. In this talk Dr. Nancy Lovell will present a brief history of the acquisition of the mummy, will describe the improvements in the x-ray and CT images over time, and will illustrate aspects of the mummification process and the skeletal and soft tissue characteristics of the mummy.