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The Art and Chemistry of Egyptian Mummification

This public lecture discusses in details how ancient Egyptians used chemistry to preserve their dead in a unique mummification way.

When: Saturday, August 18 2018. 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Where: Ian Harding Conference Theatre
Building 24, 11 Kirinari Street, University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT, 2617
Topic: Archaeology and antiquity, Human body and movement, Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: $5

In recent years, the application of modern science has enabled us to literally see beneath the wrappings of Egyptian mummies.

Research on a mummified body in Sydney dated to c. 1200 BC demonstrates the exceptional lengths to which the Egyptians prepared their dead. When combined with new analyses on embalming chemicals, the great antiquity of these techniques is exposed, thus enabling a deeper understanding of the ideas that inspired the ancient Egyptians to preserve their dead in this unique way.

Contact details:

Ashraf Ghanem
University of Canberra
Phone: 02 6201 2089

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