Corinne Duhig: Why were Egyptian mummies so bad?

To the ancient Egyptians, the preservation of the mummified body, looking like the deceased individual, was essential for a continuing existence in the afterlife. In the Classical world the Egyptians were believed to be masters of mummification, and the many Egyptian mummies in museums tend to be of high quality, so we presume this is correct. But the vast number that are not on display — and those still appearing from the sands of Egypt — show that most are very poorly preserved, badly made and not in any way resembling the deceased — or, indeed, any human! Dr Duhig will discuss the why and how of mummification and its triumphs and failings.

Corinne Duhig PhD FSA MCIfA is a Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Director of Studies in Archaeology at Wolfson and Lucy Cavendish Colleges, focusing on funerary archaeology and Egyptology.

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28 Oct 2020


2:15 pm


Wednesday Lecture - online